C25K with a torn ACL?
January 30, 2013 11:19 AM Subscribe
Would it be crazy to do C25K with a torn ACL? I do not plan to get surgery to repair the ACL.
posted by OrangeDisk to health & fitness (5 answers total)
Background: I have a torn ACL in one knee, and a once-bruised MCL in the same knee. I have seen an orthopedist and been going to physical therapy. Given my lifestyle ("lightly active" -- I walk 11,000 steps a day, do cardio machines 3x a week, and 2 hours of ecstatic dance a week) and age (43), my ortho left it up to me whether to get surgery. I decided not to because of the recovery time and because the tear to my ACL was not severe. Physical therapy has gone well, and I'm at the point where neither the ortho or PT think I need to keep going.
Before this injury, I had planned to do C25K with my dog. She's young and really likes to run and never gets the chance -- and I could use the extra exercise. Plus, if I'm ever going to take up running, now is probably the time. I'm not getting any younger.
Question: Would it be crazy to do C25K with this injury? My leg feels strong and stable, but I don't want to injure it further. My ortho and PT both said that it's really up to me -- they expressed no concerns about me doing it and basically said that I could try it and should stop if my knee hurts at all.
YANAD/YANMD, but what do you think? And why?