ACL tears are a very common sports injury, with over 100,000 tears occurring annually in the U.S., and repetitive strain can cause complications like osteoarthritis over the long-term. The ACL is crucial for stabilizing the knee for pivoting. Cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body including the bones and joints, implying that we can target the ECS for therapeutic purposes for bone and joint injuries, as well as potentially prevent osteoarthritis.
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