Hi folks, new to the thread, but have read an exhaustive number of posts. I had my injury December 26th, 2015 while...wait for it...skiing at Keystone. 51 years old and first injury alpine skiing after 30 years of turns. I had a complete quad rupture as well as the retinaculum on both sides of the patella. I had my repair New Years Eve. Fortunately, my Ortho is a personal friend and is a US ski team doc so I was able to get the surgery when most surgeons were on vacation. A quick repair is important. His approach is pretty aggressive. He gave me 30 deg flexion in my Donjoy brace immediately after surgery and we opened it up 10 deg each week. I had my 6 week followup today and he told me I no longer need the brace. I have 107 deg active flexion. This was a super devestating injury mentally, as I had bilateral metal hip implants last May and June and another complication requiring more surgery in Late July. My injury occurred on day 8 of skiing for the season just as the hips were doing pretty good and my confidence was returning.
I do have a bit more insight than most as I'm a "retired" Chiropractor and work as a strength and conditioning specialist. I work directly with post surgery rehab clients for a variety of injuries, but my first QTR patient is myself! I am consulting with an awesome PT once a week, and I rehab this every day for 1.5-2 hours doing a program of strengthening, stretching, balancing, recumbent cycling, and walking.
I'm very pleased with my progress and my surgeon tells me I'm well ahead of the curve. Here is my take on tackling this nasty injury:
STAY POSITIVE! Don't wallow in the misery. Focus on any aspect of your recovery you can control. You can come back fully from this injury if you are willing to put in the time for PT and rehab.
Timetables vary greatly. If you are behind the curve keep working hard. It doesn't mean ultimately you won't get full recovery.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! There is good pain and bad pain. Only YOU can perceive this. Communicate this with your therapist.
Realize this is a long journey. You have plenty of work ahead. Embrace it.
Set goals! Both short term and long term. This is what will drive you to do the work ahead!
Remember when you finish PT you are likely not 100% yet. Never quit until you get maximal recovery. Hire someone in the gym if you need guidance and motivation to keep going.
Good luck everyone, we're all in this together. I look forward to my first bike ride in March and next ski run in November.
Thanks for this... I know I will learn patience, but I will try for a more aggressive approach as well. I want to bike and hike this summer.