So I just got home from the Ortho. He did a bunch of manual tests (MRI is tomorrow), looks at me and bluntly said, "You tore your ACL." I should sue him like the Fat Lady. I kid. Fortunately, he said that I could be cycling again a week after the sugery (if I have it). This will ruin my snow season tho -- no skiing or snowshoeing Was really hoping to take someone snowshoeing. Maybe we can at higher altitudes at the end of the season. Sorry, rambling. Ok, so the big question to those who have a torn ACL but did NOT have surgery, just therapy to strengthen everything else. Are you happy you took that route? Here's why I ask that question with a bit of history... If I tore it, I know exactly when it happened... May 2003. Friends and I were bouldering in Arches NP near Moab, Utah. I came to a four foot drop off, jumped and landed in a deep pit of soft sand. A huge crunch of my knee and I went down. I popped four ibuprofens cuz I knew it was bad. While I'm restricted to non-technical hiking, I can. I can still jog, but I have to focus on foot placement and leg extension. It's 'only' caused me trouble on my bike three times. Since I am functional, I'm hesitant to have surgery. But maybe I should? I know I'm being premature since the MRI is tomorrow, but this doctor has A LOT of experience from his own ACL tear, to diagnosing patients, and having performed the surgery many times. Plus, I wanted to vent UPDATE (9/6/05): Got the results back and did tear the ACL along with the meniscus.