Dr. Bates introduces himself and shares if women are more likely than men to incur an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.
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James E. Bates, M.D. I’m an Orthopedic Surgeon practicing here at Alavarado Hospital as well as several other hospitals in the San Diego County area. My primary joint practice focuses on major joint replacements and sports medicine. Well, there is literature that supports the possibility that females are more likely to suffer ACL injuries based on the anatomic configuration of their knee. Specifically, the area which the ACL resides in what’s called the notch tends to be anatomically narrower in the female and that is thought to potentially predispose to the female ACL tear. The ACL tear is seen in sports, specifically basketball on hard surfaces where quick stopping, acceleration, deceleration, twist and turning occur as well sports such as soccer. The configuration of the tear is similar to a male and the reconstruction techniques are the same.

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