Review for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

  • Age 35-54
  • Male
  • 185 lbs
  • 5' 10"
  • Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Partial or Complete tear complete
  • Other structures involved? no

Treatment Ratings


I tore my ACL skiing. My doctor explained that some people do fine with a torn ACL and it should not get in the way of "life" but may be an issue if I want to remain very active. He also explained that, in any case, surgery would have to wait several months until all the swelling recedes. This would be a good time for me to investigate and make a final decision. During the next 4 months I was able to hike and bike. I saw a very rapid improvement during the first 2-3 months but then things plateaued. It became obvious that I would not achieve a full recovery without surgery. The two weeks following the surgery were not fun as I had to use crutches everywhere (not because of pain, but in order to protect the bone). Thereafter, I started recovering very quickly. I matched my pre-surgery fitness level within 3 months an my pre-injury level with about 6-9 months.

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