Initial tension and anterior load-displacement behavior of high-stiffness anterior cruciate ligament graft constructs.

@article{Karchin2004InitialTA,
  title={Initial tension and anterior load-displacement behavior of high-stiffness anterior cruciate ligament graft constructs.},
  author={Ari Karchin and Maury L. Hull and Stephen M. Howell},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={2004},
  volume={86-A 8},
  pages={1675-83}
}
BACKGROUND Because the tension that exists in an anterior cruciate ligament graft when the knee is unloaded (the initial tension) affects the surgical outcome and because high initial tension has a number of adverse consequences, the primary purpose of this study was to determine quantitatively how much less initial tension was required for a high-stiffness construct than for a low-stiffness construct. A secondary purpose was to determine how the stiffness of the graft construct affects the… CONTINUE READING