I’m 34 but definitely have alot of 35+ problems so I figure I’d post here. When I was like 25 or so I sprained my knee just doing a straight-knee tiny hop… not very violent but definitely popped it - sprained for 2 weeks… probably torn ACL said the doc, preliminary diagnosis. At that time doctor said well its just time to give up on sports.
I had no real problem with that so thats what I did. So I never bothered confirming the diagnosis with an MRI. I stayed away from sports and my knee never really bothered me, tho it pops and stuff after walking up the stairs and its definitely weaker than my good knee.
now, like 10 years later im starting to get into working out for last 2 months because i was becoming lethargic, pre-diabetic, blood pressure getting high, over weight… I figured ok that’ll kill me more than a bad knee. I do light jogging and lower body i do squats with free weights… 85 lbs, 10 reps etc. I dont want to test my knees, cuz i know the left ons is bad. I know my body and I know my weaknesses. However, up thru this level of activity i’d say the knee has not been a limiting factor.
However - if I want to go up in weight and start being a he-man squatting like 300+ lbs (i’m 6’2 230 25% bodyfat btw so pretty outta shape). I figure I’ll have to get an MRI which will no doubt show a damaged knee. Question is… has anyone had ACL surgery and does it really help. I mean can u squat 300 lbs on a reconstructed knee without making it explode? I’ve heard that ACL surgery can kind of be a scam so wondering if anyone knows anything about it. If the surgery cant restore 90% functional strength i wouldnt really bother with it and just stick with light weights/cardio to try to stay in shape. I wouldnt be happy with it but i’d settle.