So I did a season last year and kinda got hooked (a lot). This season I was on the glaciers from the beginning and I finally got the rails figured out. One morning, unfortunately, I tore my acl, slipping on one of these rails. The doc said that my season was over and I should get surgery since I would benefit from that in the long run. I started going to PT, and after 6 weeks, to my big surprise, he suggested that I should go skiing. Just take it easy, he said, and wear your knee brace. He was recommended by my doc, so I kinda trust the guy. So I went skiing. In the beginning, I was fairly nervous and honestly I could feel every little bump. I started going a lot more in the gym, and about 3 weeks of skiing later, I was totally fine. My knee feels a little rusty now and then, but never when im skiing - only doing normal stuff. I started jumping on the rails again after about 6 weeks of skiing, and ive never been better. Ive even taken some big crashes and twisted my knee, but there is absolutely no pain. Im jumping the big line, and it feels great. The other day I dropped about 2 meters to flat unintentionally. It stung a little, but no problems other than that.
Im 100% confident that I could continue like this for at least this season and then get surgery. My PT occasionally asks me, if im really sure about getting the operation. Currently, surgery is set on the 6th of march, in 3 weeks from now. Im considering to push it. My only issue is, that the longer I wait, the more I cut into next season. The doc said at a check up, the other day, that my leg is really strong and my knee has full range of motion. However, still no acl. I think you guys can relate - im SO stoked on skiing right now. Im skiing every single day. Either pow or park, and a lot of park lately. Im not a pro crazy fella, but I dont think that really matters as long as your pushing your own limits. The other day, one of my friends suggested that I just get the surgery one month later, and I liked the idea, but I also dont want to lose next season.
My question is: How much rehab do you guys have experience with after acl surgery, before you can go skiing again? Im betting on 10 atm, but the doc says 12, but several athletes do it in less, and all you really have to do is to be consistent in the gym, every day. So what is the actual rehab ''period''? Sure its individual, but it would be nice to get some personal feedback from you guys.
My dads wife is a doctor, and she has provided me all statistics. 80% of operations within a certain time period are successful. Out of these 80%, 80% (as far as I remember) of all top athletes reach their prior level. They all show different time periods, but all between 6 to 12 months.
Sorry for the long post!
**This thread was edited on Feb 20th 2019 at 2:47:50am