I tore my ACL in February skiing. I had several X rays, two MRIs, was seen by three doctors.
They all independently diagnosed it as a complete ACL tear, MCL strain.
At the time of the injury, I heard a pop (does the sound travel internally or something? I had my
helmet on - just wondering now how I heard it!), but there was zero pain or swelling. I got up
and skiied a ways but it felt very unstable so I sat down and waited for the Patrol, just to be safe.
I have not skied since.
So now after three months, my O/S tells me the MCL is fine, and the ACL is healing on its own
and he does not want to do surgery, but he will if I insist. I have what feels like a little instability,
but otherwise it feels pretty much ok. Sometimes a little stiff, and I have a bit of a limp, but pretty
reasonable for 3 months out, no surgery.
My O/S is an expert knee surgeon and has worked on many athletes and I trust that he knows what
he is talking about.
He just had me relax my legs and checked for side to side motion in my knees and was satisfied
that both were equal.
At this point he has cleared me for skiing, although he wants me to use a custom brace for one season
Does this sound possible? I'm really nervous but he kept telling me it truly was fine - he believes it has
scarred into the PCL and it will be strong as the original ACL (which of course it is!) over time.
I'm just looking for comments - has anyone heard of this positive outcome with no surgery?
At the hospital - HSS in NYC, they did a paper on non surgical repair in skiers and apparently
in about 15-20% it can happen. It just scares me. I don't want to pop on my first run in October.
I am 60 y/o, male, been skiing for 35 years, adv. int to expert level.