Tore ACL skiing. Don't want surgery. Can I ever ski again?
March 3, 2013 6:42 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for opinions and stories from people who've torn their ACL but elected not
to get surgery. How much physical activity can you still do?
posted by StrawberryPie to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
30 years ago, I partially tore my left knee's ACL in a downhill skiing accident, and 3 weeks ago I had another skiing accident in which I tore what was left of that ACL. (An MRI last week confirmed this.) I'm not particularly keen on having surgery if I can avoid it. I'm male, 49 years old, not overweight, in good health, modestly fit, expert but non-competitive skier. I've never been super-athletic, though I do love skiing, and I also enjoy scuba, sometimes running and bicycling, hiking, and hitting the gym for cardio and weights the rest of the time.
My doctor describes the choice between physical therapy and surgery as choosing between being able to do "fitness-level" activities and "sports-level" activities. Skiing falls into the latter category, but for me, it's the only thing that would be in that category—I don't need to do any competitive sports, and it doesn't sound like any of my other physical activities would be a problem without surgery. But I think I would miss skiing...
If I do physical therapy, exercise, and get a brace, can I ever ski again?