I snapped my ACL about 5 years ago and as of yet have not had surgery. I read up about the injury and spoke to a few people and was told that surgery should be the last resort. I’ve continued training over these years to try and strenthen the joint and although it seems to be more stable, it still is not fine.
I would partially dislocate my knee on a regular basis, but now I stay away fom things that could make this happen. While i’m doing thinks that have my full concentration I tend to be fine, it’s when i’m not concentrating that it happens (stepping down off something in an awkward position).
I now realise that the injury is that bad, so I will need surgery.
I will listen to you comments and continue with the barbell squat.
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You definately need to get this repaired if you plan on doing anything athletic. The ACL prevents your tibia from sliding forward on the femur. If your knee joint is unstable, you can dislocate your knee (as you know).
In addition, everytime your tibia slides forward on your femur, you increase the likelyhood of tearing your meniscus as well as developing arthritis. Whoever gave you the advice that surgery was the last option was dead wrong. A full tear of the ACL needs to be repaired.