For the climbers out there, I found an article in climbing.com. As an orthopaedic surgeon in New York City, I don’t see a lot of climbing injuries.
That said, I have seen some pretty bad ligament injuries over the years, including several ACL injuries sustained from a fall, typically when bouldering or falling on a climbing wall.
The advice in this article is overall sound. If you injure your knee when climbing and you felt a pop, or if it hurts for more than a few days or if it swells, seek out an orthopaedic surgeon to make sure that you didn’t tear something.
If you get some bad news and you did tear your ACL, then you are going to need surgery to safely return to a sport like rock climbing. After surgery you will need extensive rehab over 9-12 months in order to get back to tip top shape.
Read “How to Return to Climbing After an ACL Tear” on climbing.com.