A private surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital
has been pioneering a technique designed to return people with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries to peak performance as safely and quickly as possible.
The trend for a more active lifestyle has led to a rise in ACL injuries but the standard treatment, which requires step-by-step physiotherapy to reduce the swelling and increase movement before strengthening the knee, takes a long time.
The new technique, which is called contra-lateral ACL reconstruction surgery, enables rehabilitation to be done simultaneously.
Sanjiv Jari, consultant orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital and doctor to the British Olympic Wrestling team, revealed that this allows his patients to return to peak performance in half the time.
However, he revealed that it is not only elite sportspeople who will benefit from the technique.
"For example, hard-working mums - who may not play competitive sport - still need a stable knee to be able to cope with the antics of their demanding young offspring," he explained.