Okay, I’m frustrated. This summer I tore a small piece of articular cartilage off of the lateral condyle of my left femur while playing soccer (it actually felt initially like I had torn my meniscus). The resulting defect was quite small and the surgeon repaired it via microfracture, so I spent six weeks no-weight-bearing and watching my left leg atrophy.
So, now I’m rehabbing and being told by physical therapists not to plan on squatting past parallel in the future. Bullshit. Before the injury, I was deadlifting and squatting at respectable levels for a guy my age – 460 and 355, respectively, for sets of five. Anyway, when the PT’s gave me the “bad news,” I did some questioning of them and got the responses you’d expect, things like: “Squatting’s not good for you if your knees are healthy, let alone surgically repaired.” The surgeon’s opinion was that I should be able to return to whatever I had been doing before, presuming that I cooperate during the recovery process.
All that being said, I’m pretty careful with form and tend to keep reasonably vertical shins during both the squat and the dl. I’ve no history of any significant knee injury or of any unusual pain during either exercise (other than IT band tightness in the squat).
So, does anyone have any experience with this? Or could you point me toward someone who is unbiased against squatting who might be in a position to tell me whether it is reasonable to expect to return to what I was doing before?
Thanks in advance for any help.