So for the past few weeks I have begun incorporating dead lifts into my workout routine. Although I do feel that this lift puts considerable stress on the knees, I can say that I have been very comfortable in performing the activity. The strength level in the knee at this point is still not 100%, but I do believe it is getting closer. The thing that I like about the dead lift is that it does not require much bending of the knee, and obviously no impact. I started fairly light (3 sets of 10 at 135 lbs) and am now up to 155 lbs. in my reps. Overall, this seems to be a beneficial exercise for building the muscle around the knee while minimizing the negative effects of the workout, such as pain in the affected area. The post workout pain from this exercise is pretty minimal. Again, I stress that in my situation the most aggravating activity is any type of impact (running, jumping, cutting etc.). Has anyone tried dead lifts or any other type of lifts after microfracture? Were they beneficial?