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Patient Education Reference Center - Case Scenario #3 - ACL Tear

Clinical Case Scenario #3

Treatment Decision Making: High School Athlete with ACL Tear

Clinical Scenario

Nineteen-year old J.P. plays basketball for the college team. Recently, he injured his right knee so that pain and swelling prevented him from continuing the 3rd quarter. The team coach and physical therapist prepared an ice pack and temporary brace for J’s knee, and J was transported to the Sports Medicine/Surgery Center.

The orthopedic surgeon examined J. and determined that he most likely had an anterior cruciate ligament tear (ACL). He proposed an arthroscopy to view the torn area. The surgeon gave J. and his parents educational materials to provide a reference for discussion, reassuring them that the information was evidence based and not derived from unknown web search results.

Searching in Patient Education Reference Center (PERC)

From the Home Page, the surgeon searches ACL and from the results list chooses Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear. He prints the handout.

He chooses the Procedures source type and prints Arthroscopy. J. and his family discuss the procedure and agree that it is necessary.

In Discharge Instructions source type, the doctor prints Discharge Instructions for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear, after adding several instructions for rest and immobilization.

In Lifestyle, Hoop Hurts: Help for Common Basketball Injuries is also printed for J.

As requested by the team coach, the doctor emails all handouts for reference and education.

Handouts for Sports Injuries Folders in PERC

ACL
     Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
     Discharge Instructions for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
     Hoop Hurts: Help for Common Basketball Injuries

Procedures
     Arthroscopy