Interlimb Differences in Lower Extremity Bone Mineral Density Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

M. Reinman, M. Rogers and R Manske

The objective of this study was to investigate differences in bone mineral density (BMD) when comparing the affected and non-affected leg following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR).  Disuse following ACLR can be extensive and can extended to skeletal structure.  Fifteen subjects were assessed, BMD of the entire lower limb was measured bilaterally.  Results showed that BMD was significantly less on the ACLR side when compared to the non-involved side at several sites around the hip.  When the involved and non-involved lower limbs were compared as a whole, no significant differences were found.  The authors concluded that BMD differences at the hip are significant following ACLR.

Journal of Sport and Physical therapy 2006, 36(11)

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