I have yet another question about my recovery from knee surgery. I am 12 weeks out from surgery to repair my torn ACL (hamstring graft) and meniscus (REPAIR, not removal). Things are coming along ahead of schedule, but I’m curious as to when I should be able to get back on the squat rack.
In addition to everything else I do for rehab (leg press, hamstring curls, partial one-leg squats, calf raises, etc.), I’ve been doing body weight squats but feel like I’ve gotten everything I can out of that.
I went in the gym last week and put a bar on my back and did 3x10 to parallel and it felt fine. Yesterday, I added 20 pounds (65 lbs. total) and did the same. Legs are a little sore (missed that feeling a lot), but I’m otherwise fine. My only concern is that my ultra-conservative physical therapist would most likely disapprove.
From what I’ve been told, the issue is not the ACL, but the meniscus repair. Apparently, the deeper you go past 90 degrees, the bigger risk you run of re-tearing the meniscus (as it’s still healing). I have enough control to stop at 90 though, and really feel like I can get back under a bar.
Am I putting myself at risk by squatting at this point? Again, I’m 12 weeks removed from surgery today.