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Snowboarding 3 months after acl reconstruction

Hi everyone,
I tore my acl on Dec 7, had it repaired on Dec. 17 and am considering getting onto the board on March 16. The injured leg is the back leg and at 3.5 weeks after surgery I am walking fine and going up stairs and using the elliptical for 30m at a time without pain. I have almost my full range of motion back.

Has anyone gone back to the slopes only 3 months after surgery? I would plan to stay on the groomers.

Advice needed!
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What does your doctor tell you? I am thinking don't do it. I have had friends get their ACL repaired in Jine and they did not touch their board until lat February. One of them just said fuck it and missed the season. He didn't want to ride half assed so he foumd other things to challenge himself until the following season and came back full bore.

Ultimately it's up to you, but if you fuck it up you are done foe the next season, maybe effected forever. Forever is a long time. One season is not.
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Hi everyone,
I tore my acl on Dec 7, had it repaired on Dec. 17 and am considering getting onto the board on March 16. The injured leg is the back leg and at 3.5 weeks after surgery I am walking fine and going up stairs and using the elliptical for 30m at a time without pain. I have almost my full range of motion back.

Has anyone gone back to the slopes only 3 months after surgery? I would plan to stay on the groomers.

Advice needed!
-J
take the season off. Yes, it sucks. But it is better than risking reinjury (possibly making it worse) and another surgery.
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This highly depends on what your surgeon says, but even if he says yes I'd ease into it. It also depends on what surgery you have (some newer surgeries have faster recovery rates) and how well you're doing with scar tissue etc... these are questions your surgeon should be talking to you about, not us.

Personally, my surgeon okay'd me to go LIGHT riding about 3-4 months after my surgery, but even then I held off a little longer until I believe it was about 6 months and even then it was very, very safe riding on green runs and my knee still didn't feel quite the same, so it honestly wasn't much fun.

Everyone is different with this, but it took me about 1 year or so before I was more comfortable with both snowboarding AND my knee started to feel more normal while riding. A lot of those random small muscles take time to return and re-strengthen (yoga is huge plus once you're able to later in your rehab) since you don't normally use a lot of those stabilizer muscles.

Honestly, here's the big thing you should be thinking and I don't mean to scare you or anything, but you don't want to come back too early, re-tear your ligament and ruin your knee even more.

I say this to everyone who asks this question: Is going back too early worth risking 5 or 10 or 15 years of snowboarding later in life because you can't walk anymore due to a stupid accident you took from re-injuring your knee.

Ask your surgeon, get a highly recommended sports physio (if they work with a major sports related team it's a plus), and listen to their advice. Everyone heals differently and you need expert advice from people who can actually check your knee in person and know what they're talking about.

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That's awesome you got your surgery so quick. I had to have surgery on a torn meniscus and to clean up some other stuff in there year before last. I got injured in Dec and had to wait like 2.5 months for surgery, then rehab. Missed a whole season. I could jog like 15-20 miles and ride all day no problem with an existing tear that I nursed back to health without surgery. When I tore it again the last time, my knee blew up like a balloon and I couldn't do jack for like 6 months. I couldn't even jog a mile after rehab, got so frustrated and gave up for a while. I gained like 40 pounds through the process. I still have knee pain, but can finally jog 4 or 5 miles real slow now after a long struggle to get back into some kind of shape. Trying to drop the weight now since that is causing me to have more pain on the knee.

I would not push it either. I am really glad it was my front knee. I would probably be riding mostly switch most of the time if I hurt my back leg.
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The background to all this is that I am a physician which is how I got the surgery so quickly. My surgeon and I decided on a very aggressive rehab course because I'm normally a skier. We also discussed the dynamics of snowboarding vs skiing and the literature pertaining to ligament injury in both of these sports. As a general rule one can return to snowboarding earlier than skiing and I was cleared for a likely return to snowboarding in 3 months because I had gotten my surgery before my muscles could fully atrophy.

The purpose of my thread was to find out if anyone had gone out at 3 months post op after having an aggressive physical therapy approach. Sadly it appears that is not the case, and I'm not confident enough to be a pioneer in this even if my surgeon feels it's OK.
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The background to all this is that I am a physician which is how I got the surgery so quickly. My surgeon and I decided on a very aggressive rehab course because I'm normally a skier. We also discussed the dynamics of snowboarding vs skiing and the literature pertaining to ligament injury in both of these sports. As a general rule one can return to snowboarding earlier than skiing and I was cleared for a likely return to snowboarding in 3 months because I had gotten my surgery before my muscles could fully atrophy.

The purpose of my thread was to find out if anyone had gone out at 3 months post op after having an aggressive physical therapy approach. Sadly it appears that is not the case, and I'm not confident enough to be a pioneer in this even if my surgeon feels it's OK.
one of my friends, whom is a skiier, tore his ACL from soccer. Got surgery over the winter, and reinjured himself, playing soccer. Needless to say, after the second surgery, he stopped playing soccer.

A good crash on a snowboard, even if you're not going that fast... can really torque your knees when you get all twisted up during it.
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Just bag it. It'll snow next year I promise. It doesn't really take much to injure an already delicate knee as you well know. You might feel confident enough to get out later in the season too. Another month or two of letting it heal will make a big difference.
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Possible? Yes

Wise? For just a few weeks late in the season? Hmmm
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Don't do it. Stepping into an elliptical is a far cry from jamming your feet into boots, skating on the snow with one footand managing lift exits.

I have perfectly healthy knees and a day on the hill works them pretty good. Take a break this season. Spend the money on a trip to Uruguay instead

Read on another forum: "If someone held a gun to my head and said, "You have to move to Salida tomorrow", I'd probably do it. If they told me I had to go to Breckenridge instead, I think I'd just let them pull the trigger."
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