The 'Cross' Bracing Protocol
What is the ‘Cross Bracing Protocol’?
The ‘Cross’ Bracing Protocol was originally founded by Dr. Mervyn Cross and Dr. Tom Cross in 2014. From 2014 to the present day over 400 patients have navigated or are still navigating this novel bracing protocol that has been devised to treat non-surgically acute ACL injury.
For many decades the teaching and belief was that an injured ACL does not heal. Recent publications have challenged this long held belief discussing numerous examples of spontaneous healing of the acutely ruptured ACL. The “ACL-heal research” employs a novel bracing protocol to enable/facilitate an anatomical “Closed REDUCTION” of the injured ACL tissues. “Bending the knee” to 90 degrees on average in patients approximates the ACL by 4-6mm and the maintenance of this reduction for the first 4-weeks after injury is hypothesized to FACILITATE the healing of the injured ACL tissues. This treatment option is available to patients for the potential healing of Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture, as classified on MRI.