I injured my knee back in July. The initial diagnosis from the emergency room doc and my family doctor was that I had a partial MCL tear. This was based on the fact that my knee was 100% stable (though sore), and it took a day or so to completely swell up. They didn't see the need for an MRI to confirm this.
Not long after, I was able to walk, golf, bike, and do most things but I still had some pain in my kneecap when running.
After 3 months of this, I went back to my family doctor and he finally ordered up the MRI. It turns out I've torn my medial and lateral meniscus, and damaged the MCL more seriously than he thought. He figures it'll need surgery, and he's referred by to an orthopedic surgeon, who I don't see until late December. He also figured skiing was out for the winter (and I would agree with him).
On the other hand, I feel like I'd be 100% good for light snowboarding, as it doesn't require any serious twisting of the knees.
I'm not looking for any medical advice here, but I'm wondering if anyone here would agree that snowboarding would be a lot less impactive on me than skiing. Basically, I'm just looking for some piece of mind before I see the surgeon, as I'm really down about the fact that my season is done before it even started (despite the fact I'm booked for SLC in February). As well, I've got a great medical plan, and I could probably get any brace money can buy.