A cousin of mine tore his ACL playing basketball and had several doctors look at him. Like stated before surgery is elective. One doctor asked him...How much do you want to go back to playing right away? Went through the risks and what can happen with surgery.
That doctor informed him, that it is always best to avoid surgery whenever possible. He then went on to physical therapy and went 9mos without doing physical activity involving his knee. He eventually was able to walk then swim for some exercise. Year and a half later he was back to playing without the need of a brace and said his knee feels just fine but its the psychological aspect of "will it pop again?" that he had to get over.
Another friend tore his playing basketball during a playoff game. IT was grusome. He elected for surgery and was shooting around in 6mos and back to full form with knee brace in a year.
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