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Hi, i'm 23 years old, i play basketball and tennis often, couple of times a week, and really love sports, especially basketball and 3 months ago i partially torn my acl, at first doctor wasn't sure what is it but after MRI i was diagnosed with a partially torn acl, i don't know how bad the tear is, but after examination a month ago doctor said that he thinks i should be alright just with working out and strenthening my legs(muscles such as quads that surround my knee) and after i work out and make my legs stronger in 2-3 months i could slowly go back to playing basketball.
I took it seriously because i really love sports and it's tough for me to spend so much time without it so i really work hard, i go to the gym every other day(i do squats, leg extensions, i ride a bike in the gym) i even do yoga sometimes as i heard it could make my knee more stable etc. I've been working for around a month and i am trying to test myself from time to time, i try to run, switch directions etc and i feel a big fear when i am doing it so i do it really lightly but i am still not sure if i will be able to go back to the old level of playing basketball where i was before the injury, i mean, my legs will be stronger, but i am not sure if my knee will be well enough.
My question is, do you think is it what i am doing right now ok, and do you think people who play sports very actively and oftenly should go for surgeries when they injure their acl? Actually any experience of people who play sports actively and had partial acl tears would be nice, so, thanks in advance
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