That is, someone neither under 20 nor an athlete with a career to preserve.
So a couple weeks ago, I took a bad spill at Mammoth and managed to tear three of the ligaments in my right knee. The ACL is a complete tear. The other two are partial tears. The meniscus is okay. I'm starting physical therapy to see how much knee stability I can regain, but I also wonder if the best fix is to have surgery as soon as possible.
I'm hearing conflicting advice about the pros and cons of surgery --- repairing the ACL with a graft --- and the nonsurgical approach, which seems to be to use therapy and exercise to strengthen the muscles and ligaments to provide support to the knee that, without surgery, will no longer have a functioning ACL.