Robert Griffin III’s Knee Surgery [Infographic]

Robert Griffin III, who is referred to as RG3, is an electrifying quarterback for the Washington Redskins. RG3 just finished his stellar rookie season, but he suffered a serious knee injury, which happens to be one of the most talked about sports stories in the world today. In fact, RG3 probably has the most famous knee in the U.S. these days. His injury required three surgeries that when done together “comprise a major surgery that leads to an extremely painful and arduous recovery,” according to Dr. Mark Adickes. Adickes is an orthopedic surgeon who performed RG3’s first ACL operation in 2009.

RG3 may have the most famous knee problem in the country, but such problems are very common all throughout the U.S. In 2006, about 12 million U.S. doctor’s visits were for knee problems. Twenty percent of American adults reported suffering knee pain in 2009. An impatient knee operation, such as one to repair ligaments can easily cost up to a whopping $10,000. The total annual cost of knee replacements comes out to $9 billion.

Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Mariano Rivera, and Derrick Rose have also torn their ACLs. Annually, there are between 150,000 and 300,000 ACL injuries in the U.S.—about half of which require reconstructive surgery. The annual estimated cost for surgery and rehabilitation is $5 billion. Recovery time from such injuries usually ranges from 6 weeks to 6 months.


To learn more about RG3’s knee injury and knee injuries in general in the U.S. check out the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes.

Comments: 3

  • Dr Paul Peterson says:

    Nice graphic, however, you have your labels for the medial and lateral meniscus reversed. The fibula will always identify the lateral portion of the joint.

  • Dr Paul Peterson says:

    Pardon me, the medial and lateral collateral ligaments.

  • Richard royal says:

    Been watching NFL 5 Decades. Y a title B layne all early dallas QB
    F tarkening b Starr Marino Montana Unitas. RG3 magic now ball
    Handling defense who has ball! Back up middle, option fake full back
    Run left never get it, pitch quick laser pass middle quick throw out bounds
    When has extra 1 2 seconds loft vertical pass down field no step
    Up pocket. Option 3rd 3 yrs fafe option pitch IF HE GET 3 yrds out bounds
    Quick drop back pistol back blocks first defense in rg3 laser…or throw oob

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