The article regarding anterior cruciate ligament tears in women was frighteningly slanted toward surgery ("Even Strong Women Can Be Weak in the Knees," June 25). As a "moderately active person," who the author states would recover only enough to walk without surgery, I can attest for myself and several others I know that this simply isn't true.
At 44 years of age, I tore my ACL getting off of a ski lift in Utah. I immediately started weight training to rehab the knee and strengthen the surrounding muscle and tissue. Within the following year alone, I completed training for the San Diego Marathon, cross-country skied all winter (and occasionally went downhill skiing) and continued my summer hiking and horseback riding without incident. I even know some ultra-marathoners who opt-ed not to have surgery.
Granted, I am not 25 and depending on my athletic career to guide me toward a surgical solution. But I am also not the exception to an active lifestyle without surgery.
Rancho Santa Fe