In the spirit of, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?”, I’ve decided to fill you in on my personal answer to “How long does it take to get back to normal after ACL reconstruction?”
Let’s keep in mind we are all different, and it also depends on your procedure. From the P.O.V. of someone who had a patellar tendon graft reconstruction and a lateral meniscus repair, I answer the aforementioned question with this: six weeks. It took me six weeks and rehab to finally be able to walk normally (and at a normal pace), confidentily go up and down stairs, comfortably take mass transit and be able to go through the work day without thinking about the knee.
So there. I hope it helps. But I would love to hear your own take on recovery.