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Downtime Suggestions-Advice for ACL/meniscus knee injury

I've been snowboarding for over a decade and been lucky enough not to have anything serious until recently.

I went up boarding to celebrate my birthday with friends, didn't have enough speed on a jump and ended on the flat/knuckling it and wrecking my right knee that took brunt of it, popping knee out from under me (I'm goofy)- it was the worst pain ever! (I've put my body through some abusive stuff and jujitsu instructors once told me I have a high pain tolerance while demonstrating moves on me and not getting the normal reactions). So an ER trip followed by an ortho dr visit later- it was the most memorable and worst birthday ever.

Long story short- ACL tear, complex tears on both meniscus, impact fractures on lateral femoral condyle and medial posterior tibial condyle, kissing contusions everywhere, patella dislocated and the list goes on but you get the jist... so my right knee is messed up and I can't bear weight on that leg. I'm done for the season and my friends are hitting the slopes now with fresh pow-I'm jealous.

It's been about 4.5 wks since accident and I'm slowly going nuts. I've got an upcoming doctor appointment to decide my treatment but I'm limited in my mobility and using crutches currently. Any wisdom from folks who had a similar experience-suggestions on the down time or how long did your physical therapy take til you were able to snowboard or resume rigorous physical activities again? I know it varies on situation but I just wanted to see how long people have been out. I miss the ability to move like running or even driving. Plus my left knee was actually my bad knee before accident due to prior injuries and now by default it's the good knee-has been acting up lately. I was a pretty active person before but now I don't really move.
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