Dr. Brian Cole Shares Insight on Athletes Returning from an ACL Tear

May 31, 2016


Brian Cole, M.D., head team physician for the Chicago Bulls and orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush was featured in a recentChicago Tribune article centered around athletes returning from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Regarding athletes and their recovery, Dr. Cole commented, "It's not just when they can just get back but when they perform at the level they did before their injury. It depends on their sport and the position that they play."

Dr. Cole also points out that managing ACL injuries has come a long way since the 1970's. "We've come a long way in terms of understanding the rehab, the timing of surgery, the surgical techniques based in part on what we've learned in the laboratory, in terms of how we position the grafts, the choice of grafts, looking at outcomes," said Dr. Cole. "The athletes are getting strong and faster, and the energy that goes into these sports is getting higher and more profound."

You can read the article in its entirety here.