Originally Posted by altagirl
I wouldn't keep skiing on it unless you really have some real reason you think it's worth the risk. Braced or not. Because you then have the potential to do damage (or more damage) to your meniscus (which is often unrepairable) or additional ligaments. Plus you're likely to favor your leg if you're skiing while injured and you develop some bizarre compensating habits that will take a lot longer to break than they do to form. I can tell you that from experience - my first torn ACL didn't get fixed right away and I kept skiing - learning to pick up my inside ski so my knee wouldn't collapse on me in tricky snow. I got the days in, but then 2 years later I was still working on getting rid of the funky habits. With my other ACL, I had it fixed the next week, got back to skiing in 5 1/2 months, and got back to form right away.
I'd tell you to just get it fixed ASAP, dedicate yourself to rehab, and get back on skis next year.
I'd second this wholeheartedly.
If you are going to get it reconstructed, just "git r dun". And yes, the rehab is long. And if you are an active person, depressing. BUT--worth it in the long run. Don't run the risk of further damaging that knee. The snow will be back next year, and believe me, it will be that much sweeter for all your hard work.
FYI--make sure you pick a GREAT doc, not just the first one who will get you in. One that does on average 100 ACL reconstructs/yr, sports med doc. Vlad mentioned Dr Steadman, wow, if you can get him to do it, go for it if he's in your neighborhood! I kinda think your doc should be in the same vicintity as your PT, just my .02.