I have torn my ACL twice, so I am speaking from experience here. It will hurt like hell for the first little while, and then you will begin to build up the muscles in around your knee to compensate for the instability. You will begin to walk on it and feel like it is back to normal. Then, you will step the wrong way, step off of a stair, try to plant and turn or something else, and it will bite your ass worse than it did the first time. If you think it hurt the first time, wait till the pain of planting on it and it giving in and buckling. If you insist on trying to ride out the season, at least get yourself a brace. And I'm not talking about one of the el cheapo neoprene with the tiny wire in them. I mean the real deal you get at the orthopedist and really protect your knee. Much like all of the NFL linemen wear as well. They will return the stability to your knee as long as you have it on, and it will keep your knee joint from moving farther than it should. Don't get me wrong, it will still hurt, but that is an option that you can go through if you still want to ride out the year. I tore my ACL the first time and had it reconstructed and sat out my entire freshman year of college. I tore it again my junior year, and just wore the brace for the rest of the year and had the reconstruction done again after the season was over. Donjoy is a popular brand for these braces, and sometimes you can find them on eBay, but they are somewhat custom fit and come in a ton of sizes, so make sure you take a lot of measurements and get a lot of measurements from the seller or it will slip and be more aggravating that good. New those bad boys are like $700, so be prepared if you get one from the doctor. Just my two cents, but I wouldn't risk it any more.
Last edited by SCZ71; 01-30-2008 at 04:35 PM.