Its been 8 1/2 months since my surgery and I found my skiing to be very close to where it was pre ACL. I had absolutely no pain or swelling.
I hope that encourages some of you who are worried or apprehensive about your return to the hill.
While sitting on chairlifts without footrests, I can feel a slight hardness under my thigh, scar tissue I suppose. Never felt it before, not bothersome at all.
Before my trip I walked around in my house in my new boots and I could feel my hamstring...not pain, kind of a pulling sensation. Walking all over the place at Taos....never felt it.
Now the good part...I forgot my brace the first day so I started off taking it real easy. Within two or three runs, I was ripping groomers at machspeed. Felt great. Perfect. Normal.
Next day, Simonbda and I skied Al's and some other bump runs with the cheapo brace, No problems at all.
Skied 3 days, all day...never even a hint at pain or swelling. This really surprised me, I thought surely I would have symptoms of some sort...none at all.
Day 3 was fresh snow all day. Thighs got a workout in the bumps and chop, but no problems with the knee. I did notice a small twinge of hammie pain when removing my boots after skiing. It was cold and my boots are very stiff, took a few extra moments to get my foot out.
I passed on hiking the ridge with Simon, in retrospect I am sure it would have been no problem.
Oh yeah...I am the worlds worst re-hab patient, hardly did any.
Totally thrilled with the results, never dreamed it would be like this.