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post #1351 of 10802
Hi Westlakes,

Sorry to hear about your injury, and best wishes for a steady and full recovery! 

My suergon had no interest in X ray or MRI before or after, and said once he got in there he would know what was going on, and before he got out of there he would know how well it was fixed.   He said once they suture the tendons down, they actually test the thing my manually moving it.  If need be, he said he would use some wire to hold it down, and this would be removed later.  I woke up 2 hours fifteen minutes later, and all was good.   My scars are exactly 4".  

It sounds like the surgeon did what he neeeded to do, and only he can answer your questions about what was done.  My suregeon sure seemed to be done with me after surgery, and didn't offer much explanation. (He has warmed up in the 3 visits since)  Your caregivers may simply not know how to answer your questions, and perhaps your PT can act as your advocate, and arrange for the surgeon to come down the hall and meet as a team. 

Regarding your question on medical care in the states, we are at present undergoing an emotional national debate on health care reform.  I wouldn't touch that question with a ten foot pole. 

Hope you keep working through it and good luck! 
post #1352 of 10802
Hi Westlakes -
A while back I did a literature search and found a couple of review articles that I thought were helpful in understanding the diagnosis, surgery and rehab for the QTR.  I'd be glad to e-mail the .pdf files to you and anyone else that is interested.   You can send me a private message with your e-mail address by clicking on 'wanasail' at the top of the post and following the instructions. 
post #1353 of 10802
Stairs really suck, down being the worst.  I can use the repaired leg to lift but prefer to have banister to hold on to.  It is really not smooth, but I can do the 13 stairs up.  Now DOWN is a bit worse, because I sort of remember that is how I got here in the first place.  I am doing down the last few steps, VERY carefully.

This past Friday I repaired a cedar gate, replaced all the pickets and re-did the upper hinge.  Boy, did the knee hurt after that, but I was standing for 3 hours on concrete.  Lesson there I guess.  I went to the mountain property and planted 5 trees, watered the rest with around 200 gallons or water and re-did six chicken wire fences and had no problems.  Today was a real good day, no ache, no twinges, just a bit of stiffness, usually when I get up and start to walk.  Walked around the office campus with some co-workers and had no problems.  I am still no real speed demon at all. 

I don't know, maybe I am over a hump.  I see the Otho Dr on 9/5 so will see what goes.  Like with many here, sometimes things are good, sometimes not so good.  I think I have only taken one dose of Oxycontin in the last two months.

Westlakes:  I have had that feeling in the past, and it did go away.  Now I get a bit of popping snapping when I get up and really use the repaired knee. I am sure it is tendon over bone, but it does not hurt at all

Upper leg Quad muscle is still a bit flabby compared to the right leg, but it is much better than before.

Best to all, and take it one step at a time.
post #1354 of 10802

Thanks all for great response. Looks like I need to be more persistant next time I visit the fracture clinic. I've learned more about this injury in the last couple of days than since I was injured.

Wanasail: Thanks for offer to send info across. I need to get a minimum of 3 posts into this forum before the system will let me do this, so I will send it once this message is posted.

The persistant pain whilst driving is gradually diminshing. I drive to work with 3 others which takes approx' an hour. Generally, I have to stop 3-4 times but today only once. PT was V. happy with the workability of all muscle groups following last visit. However, all I did was 5 mins on the exercise bike then another 5 walking on the tread mill. I was a bit disappointed in what I was asked to do. Does anyone know how long it takes until walking downstairs can be achieved without holding the bannister? Yes, it feels like the tendons gonna bust again!!

Is there anyone under the age of 40 that has had this injury?

post #1355 of 10802
Westlakes, One other thought on the popping sounds. I used to get them in the first few weeks post-surgery. At the time, it didn't feel like a big deal to me other than an unusual noise. I thought it was fluid that had built up in the joint (and there was a fair bit of fluid in/around my knee post-surgery). To the more med-oriented folks on the list, is it synovial fluid that lubricates certain joints? Popping is cavitation as gas is released, I think. As for going down stairs, it'll come when it comes. No certain time line. Just when it feels comfortable to you, you'll start to try it. It takes a good long while before you get the fine muscle control back. I still have moments where I find myself having to "tell" the muscles to take the first step instead of doing it instinctively. In the mornings if I'm still a bit groggy, I'll do a couple of steps one at a time to get things started. Best wishes.
post #1356 of 10802
Hi All,  

This is my first reply since my quad tear a year ago. I just wanted to say how encouraging it was to follow this site as I was recovering wondering at that time if I would ever be the same.

I had never had a severe injury like the ruptured quad that came about as I missed the last 2 steps coming down a friends staircase in his home on 7-27-08

Being very active all my life , a serious weightlifter for the past 40 years, now at age 53 I would say I am close to 100% recovered. But in the begining after the surgery it was a long road to recovery, it was inch by inch to get my R.O.M. back. Now I think I can pull it back further than the other leg. After 28 therapy visits 3 times a week I truly beleve it was the answer. And doing all the exercises that the PT told me to do 3 times a day which really was a job gave me the ability to recover properly.

My advice to a faster fuller recovery would be to work the leg every day the way your PT says and dont fool yourself in thinking things just heal on their own. Nature does have to run its course in the healing process but lack of function will really slow the process down.

If anyone would like anymore knowledge of own experience please feel free to let me know and I can go into more detail of the recovery process

Good Luck
post #1357 of 10802
Hang in there, going down steps is the last thing that seems to recover. I went through it and thought it was never going to happen, but be patient and let nature run its course, continue to consistantly do your exercises your PT gives you and one day it just happens, probably 3 to 4 months after surgery you will notice more improvement.
post #1358 of 10802
Hi Westlakes,

I am 38 years old.  I fell down two steps on March 29th of this year and I had surgery on April 7.  I had a complete rupture of my left quad tendon.  The tendon had retracted into my upper leg so the surgeon had to pull it down and suture the tendon to holes he drilled into my patella.  I was in locked extension for four weeks, then started PT which I finished in early July.  Since that time I have not been as good about doing PT from home, life always seems to get in the way.  I do however get along very well, no significant issues or lingering pain or swelling etc.  My only real difficulties are steps and inability to run.  Going up steps is a mild challenge, down is a significant challenge.  Running I simply cannot do without some buckling in my knee.
If I have learned anything from this forum, it is that everyone seems to have very different experiences with their recovery but I agree with Garland that you just have to take things as they come and continue to strength train so that you can build your quad back up.  I think my leg would be much better off if I maintained the pace I had when I was going to PT three times per week.

Good Luck!

post #1359 of 10802
wanasail :
  thanks for the literature...i found it to be very informative..some parts scary and some parts hard to understand..but all in all  very interesting  !   
  My rom at pt yesterday was about 94 degrees. ( 11 weeks post op ) Still very sore and stiff.. most  days  it really doesn't want to flex much.  Again, my os kept me in the straight leg brace for 6 weeks before allowing rom.  I'm guessing that's why my knee is so stiff and i need to get the scarring tissue to break up.  
  I used to work on my dad's  charter boat in the Bahamas,  it was a 53 '  trimiran, yawl rigged.
We sailed out of Nassau,Bahamas to the Exhumas and other out islands.
  garland : 
    how's your tennis game going ?
  westlakes :
    i used to experience some pain when i first started to drive ..but i think flexing the quad muscles and moving my leg around as much as i could  while driving helped releive the pain.
   best of luck !
post #1360 of 10802
I guess I will jump out were Rcm111 won't go.

I think the care I have received for this injury has been superb.  Since my surgery was less than 24 hours after the injury, I cannot complain.  I was out of the hospital in under 2 days.
I would hope that all who have this type of repair would receive the same basic care.  Followup care might be a challenge for some,  I would not like to see the type of care I received changed to where a committee of political officials decides my fate.  My two cents but Rcm111 is correct, its a sensitive issue and if discussed in detail way off topic for this discussion.

To answer your question on the stairs, after 4 1/2 months I am starting to use the repaired leg to support going down the last 2-3 steps.  I think the leg sled presses I have been doing to strengthen the repaired leg help on this.  I am beginning to think that we just forget how to do that fluid motion to walk down stairs and we have to build the muscle strength and re-learn the coordination of the movement..

I had the raw grinding sort of feeling for a while a month or so ago, but it has not come back.

Your ache while driving more than likely is the weakness of the muscles.  Doing squats, and if you can find a leg sled machine like my rec center has, because that really helps.  I drive 150 miles one way to my mountain place with minimal problems.
Edited by dbrow16 - 8/26/09 at 6:44am
post #1361 of 10802
xerxers, dbrow, wanasail, westlake ans all
today I am 6 weeks post op(7/14), and am progressing pretty well.
xerexers, mine was a total rupture also, and was released a week ago for PT.  I am not sure why I have such a different protocal  from others(no hinged brace or motion machine), but I started PT a week ago with a 47 degrees bend
and finished yesterdays PT at 91.  Life is getting better.  Started driving again and will try the 45 minutes to Chicago tomarrow.
 The leg is still very weak and I have no confidence in it going downstairs.  While I have no brace at home or work, I still wear it when going down stairs on the train.
dbrow, it sounds like your doing pretty well... keep it up it inspires us.
westlake, I can't say enough for my OS... he operated on me 14 days after I was injured in the Caribbean and drilled holes in my patella to secure the tendon with no current pain.  I am 51 and can't say enough for him and my health care. Unlike your situation, I see him only for my visits.  I don't want to change the US style of health care to Europe's.
Good luck all and stay with your PT.
post #1362 of 10802
Thanks for your view. Please dont get me wrong though. I hope no one from good old Blighty is reading my forum. I dont want to give the wrong impression about our health care, this side of the Atlantic. All the individuals who have helped me have been really good and I can't complain about the treatment. I just want them to tell me more but they dont seem to either have the time or the interest and some times the information has been a bit contradictory. However, I am getting better all the time, so something must be right.
 I have some friends who live in the States and they tell me that the health system is the one thing that they are not too keen on. Sounds like you are a month or so ahead of me in recovery. My PT has told me not to do weights on my quads just yet, but it looks as though its in the post.

Thanks for the advice on driving. I'll give it a go tonight on my way home from work. NB; Are you the one who drinks 'Dark n Stormies' for the pain relief? Good shout. Only problem is the headache the morning after but good at the time. More enjoyable than Trammadol!

Good to meet a fellow 38 year old. Sounds like your injury is very similar to mine. Did your surgeon tell you how many holes and sutures? Are there any permanent rivets in your patella? I understand what you mean about trying to keep up with the PT. I missed my gym session last night because I was too tired having returned to work following 10 weeks sick leave.

Rock Hard/Garland,
Thanks also for the advice on the later stages. Its the old adage; 'If you havent got time, then make the time'. My quads were quite well defined, pre accident and I can imagine that it will take a considerable effort to get the left to match the right and that the time this may take, I will probably have forgotten how to use it properly.

NB;- Wanasail;- I have sent you that message to your personal account following your instructions. Did you get my message? I am most interested in reading the literature you have on the surgery.

Also, Nice one guys for showing the interest. Hope you all get well soon.


post #1363 of 10802
Hi Westlakes - I never received your message.  Do you want to give it another try?  You'll need to send me a "real" e-mail address as the EpicSki system doesn't support sending attachments. 
post #1364 of 10802
In regards to your well defined Quad before the surgery. I like you, had well developed Quads due to years of Squats, Leg Presses and Extensions.  And when my fall last year that ruptured my right Quad in July 08 required surgery to reconnect the tendon it was like it had the look of someone else's thigh after surgery and it took a while for the swelling to go down. The last part of the developement that shows,was the tear drop right above the knee. I found that short little lock out movements like Squats and Leg Presses work well for that. But don't neglect the hamstring movements such as leg curls, you want to keep good symetry to balance out the leg. It took me a good year before I saw it looking like my other leg,but it will, be patient and keep training.

Good Luck!
post #1365 of 10802
Hi Everyone,

I am10 weeks post surgery and I can't even look at my quads!  I played rugby for 8 years, water-skied, hiked hundreds of miles in the Cascades and did a dozen other sports without a scratch.  I was pretty fit in the thighs, and they are a shadow of what they were just three months ago.   Oh well.

But things change.  This has been a week of continued progress; 
I am officially walking without braces!!!  I still put one on going downhill to the mailbox., and when I am out having a beer with my friends.  Otherwise finally walking on my own! Amazing how the stability has finally returned, and only occasionally do they feel like they are going to buckle. A few stairs are fine as long as there is a handrail, but a flight is out of the question.
ROM this afternoon is 80 and 78 degrees, and we started doing leg presses and a few new exercises this week.  My PT is terrific. I now take about 90 minutes to fatigue and they work with me until I am done.  In addition to the ultra sound and exercises, we are really pushing through the scar tissue, and I am groaning and moaning in agony. We do three stretches on each leg on my back and three sets each while on my stomach.
Every morning this week, after I get the paper, I have sat in my car for 20 minutes. I go gas, brake, gas, brake, over and over again. I figure I am about 5 days from freedom. If any of you are driving  in Portland Oregon next week, be aware. 
Regarding my story about health care, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. My OS is a knee specialist, who does the U of Portland soccer teams. He is a stud, who happened to be on call that night. I found this site the day after surgery. My insurance through my employer covered basically everything, and I have had little out of pocket expense. (insurance even covered the electronic recliner at home) My job allowed me to go back to work within a week of my injury, and PT is at a top notch, sports intensive practice housed in the health club I am a member at with a pool 20 feet from the clinic.  Having a bi-lateral QTR would have bankrupted some people in the US, so I feel tremendously thankful every single day of my recovery.
Gracella, welcome back. Hope the ankle is improving as well as the quad. Kamikazee99, you are killing it! Congratulations on a somewhat speedy recovery.
post #1366 of 10802
Hey y'all,

Just a short note tonight. Some things occasionally remind me of how far I still have to go. Tonight, I was invited back into my old Wed. evening tennis group. Much trepidation, much comfort in playing with these guys. They're too good for my current level of recovery, so I have to improvise to make up for my lack of mobility. Anyway, I hadn't planned on playing any real sets this early, but I couldn't bring myself to pass up the opportunity to play with these guys again. Definitely three of my favorite people in New England and probably my absolute favorite group of guys to play tennis with. I had fun playing, even though I found myself favoring the knee most of the time. I actually played with my same partner I was playing with on the infamous injury day back in Feb.

Still, there were three or four points where I found myself feeling like a real tennis player again. I got down to dig out some volleys, served for 2 sets and a deciding super-tiebreaker, returned passably well, yelled at myself for missing some easy shots, and then lost the match in the super-tiebreaker.

Lessons learned: that nothing reminds me how far I still have to go like playing tennis -- it really emphasizes my weaker quads, that my serve is highly dependent on the quads, that I'll push the quads more on the court because I still don't want to lose despite knowing that I shouldn't care about such trivial things, and that nothing else makes my knee swell like an hour and a half on the tennis court. Ice is a wonderful, wonderful thing while I write posts for the forum. We'll see how it feels tomorrow ...
post #1367 of 10802
You do not want to do weights yet.  I started at 5 weeks with my rifle sight in sand bags, 5lb each on the instep.  If you do leg lifts, that is more than enough weight for right now. 

My PT stressed light workouts at first to stress the area of the repair to strengthen that bond first.  He always said the quad is an easy muscle to rebuild from lack of use.  Looking at that scrawny thing two months ago I thought he was nuts.  Progressively I added weight and can almost push 200 lb now, which is great.

I still favor the leg, but it is in my opinion doing real well.  A bit of an ache here and there, still sometimes tight, but progressing pretty well.

Someone said the popping I hear might be fluid.  I hope so as that will go away.  I still think it might be tendon on bone, but there is no pain, just an odd feeling.

We Americans can start a whole thread on health care right about now can't we!  I might ask the Ortho Dr just for debate material, what would happen if a homeless person or say a visitor from...OK Westlakes your on the spot...ENGLAND,  had a total quad rupture.  I just cannot believe that person would be turned away from care.  That would be inhuman in my opinion.  But how would followup care be given?  I'd just ask him to get educated, not to put him on the spot.  I think it is a good question because we all can relate to the problems we had, and we have insurance. 

I have a friend I debate that tells me had this accident happened in Zimbabwe, all care would be free.  My answer to him is I would want to get back to the states real fast an gladly pay my co-pay.

My ortho Dr drilled 3 holes, sutured it in what he said is a basket type weave (named after a German Dr I think he said)  and he had to suture some muscle. No rivets, just permanent sutures.  He told me it will never come apart again.

You have great insurance.  I think mine is going to run about a grand out of the pocket.  My company is forcing us to go with another insurance company next year.  Had this happened next year my out of pocket expense would be 15% which I think sucks big time.
post #1368 of 10802

I am now almost 7 weeks post-op.  A few days ago, I was informed that I have a "massive" tear of my supraspinatus (shoulder rotator cuff muscle) and will require surgery on my dominant side!!!  (I will be in a completely immoble sling for 6 weeks.)  I simply can't believe that I am going to have to function with one good leg and one good arm on my weak side.  I use both arms/hands to drive, get out chairs, on and off toilet, cook, etcs.  I have delayed the shoulder surgery for 4 weeks, in an effort to get as far along with my quad rehab as I can without endangering the shoulder repair by waiting to too long for surgery.  ANY SUGGESTIONS?
post #1369 of 10802
Xerxers -  You're certainly doing your bit to keep the medical profession strong.  Sorry to hear about your double whammy.  I guess the good news is that your rotator cuff muscle can be repaired and you'll be far better off when you have this all behind you.

I had a somewhat similar, but different experience.  I had elective surgery to correct a deformity in my foot last fall, followed by a second unplanned surgery to remove a surgical pin that was bothering me about a month before my QTR injury.  My foot still isn't feeling 100%, but I guess there is some advantage to just having the downtime and getting it over with for both.  In your case, you'll have the winter to rehab both your knee and shoulder and be ready to go in the spring.  I suspect the PT will be a little more complicated, but in the end you'll probably just alternate days - one for the knee, the next for the shoulder.

The big unknown is whether you're complicating your shoulder injury by delaying the surgery.  Based on my experience, in a perfect world you'd want to be as far along with your knee as possible before you get the shoulder done.  But, this is something you should discuss with your doctors - both of them if they are different. Your PT might have some practical suggestions.  Talk about the perfect world - in that world they would all be talking to each other - maybe you can make it happen.    Good luck!
post #1370 of 10802
Well at about 11 weeks for me, I was just starting on the quad muscle work to build it back.

I guess I agree with Wanasail.  Your PT and Ortho Surgeon should be able to advise you.

Main think I can suggest is do the stretching to keep the tendons on your leg from being too tight.  Squats for that but have a chair under you in case you have to drop.  They had me lie on the back, legs up on the wall and slowly slide my repaired leg down, and then back up. 

Stretched the tendons and did a little for the muscle.

Sporting goods stores or gun shops sell those sand bags used to sight in rifles.  You could use those hooking the strap over your food to have some weight to lift and exercise while immobilized.  My instep got real tight for the first two months and I think using those sandbags did help.
Boy you are going to be limited with an arm tied up.  Maybe continue to do st right leg lifts in bed?

Good Luck!

In General to all:
Had to go to the family practice doctor for another issue.  I tried walking down the stairs at the clinic using the repaired leg for support.  I did 24 steps, going down, using the repaired leg for support.  I was holding the banister, but still going down seemed to be easier than going up.

post #1371 of 10802
Greetings, everyone.

I am not a skier, but I have been following this discussion thread and have found so much of the information here to be useful and enlightening.  I am currently 4.5 weeks out from QTR surgery on my right leg and am experiencing all of the challenges that everyone here has been through or is going through.  I am a hockey coach and Ice Arena manager in MA and sustained my injury after slipping on wet ice (in sneakers, not skates) at my rink on 7/21.  I had my surgery on 7/28 and was given a stationary brace in which I spent the first 4 weeks of my recovery.  Last week I was given a different brace, a full-length hinged brace (called a "Bledsoe" brace) which my doctor set at 30 degrees flexion.  I was told to keep this brace on at this setting for the next 3 weeks, at which time I will start my PT.

The question I have to all of you is: Does anyone have any reccomendations as to another hinged brace to replace this one after I start going to PT and moving around a little better?  I find the Bledsoe brace to be very long, awkward and cumbersome, and cannot picture myself being able to wear it once I get rid of my crutches and return to walking and (hopefully) finally driving again.  I would like to find an adjustable hinged brace that is shorter, lighter and more compact, yet strong enough to keep the leg stable, and would welcome any suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help, and best of luck to all of you!

post #1372 of 10802

I recommend you talk to your Doctor and PT about it.  They may already have an idea of how they want you to advance through your therapy.  Plus they may want to take a look at how you are responding to your PT and make recommendations accordingly.  My biggest recommendation is to follow your Doctor's and PT's instructions to the letter.  First you will amaze them because the great majority of people do not follow instructions and screw themselves up or delay their progress.  Then ask what you might be able to do to shorten your recovery time.

Over the past few years I've gone through a bunch of stuff.  (Too much to go into here, and no one would be interested anyway.  Lets just leave it numerous surgeries over the past four years that are finally at an end.)  I've always asked what I could do to get better faster and I've followed directions.  All my Doctors have been more than willing to give me as much as I could handle and have helped me push to get back in the swing of things.  Plus they get a kick out of me demanding that surgeries be scheduled so as never to interfere with ski season.  Both my primary Doctors are skiers so that helps.

So, do what they say then ask them to help you push the limits safely.  Good luck on your recovery.
post #1373 of 10802
To: mvcoach

I found a brace that is so good, I paid for it myself and use the one the os gave me to use in the swimming pool.

Get a Breg T-Scop Post Op Brace:  It will take care of every concern that you've mentioned.  It can be bought on the internet for $198.00.  I went to a speciality shop in LA and tried ever brace before choosing this one.  Its length is completely adjustable; it has very fine tuning for the angle of bend (so that it can match your progress closely); it has a system for coming on and off that is quick; it only has four straps.
post #1374 of 10802
T-Square and Xerxers, 

Thanks for your quick responses and good advice.  I did look at the Breg T-Scope online and it looks very good.  I will also check with my PT as to his suggestions.

T-Scope, I also have always scheduled my surgeries (multiple knee scopes, etc.) so as to interfere as little as possible with hockey season, usually late spring.  The problem is, that knocks out lacrosse season!!!
post #1375 of 10802
Hi  y'all,
 mvcoach :    sorry to hear bout your injury.   Is the flexible brace you have a lehrman brace ?..i think that's the one most qtr patients receive.  If it is, then i think you should be able to remove the top section ( about 3 inches ) This is what i had,and when i was fitted they removed the top section to make it more comfortable.  Also,at 6 weeks post op i was told to set the brace at 30 degrees .   I was able to get a rom to 30 degrees in a day,so i set it to 40, then reached that in  a day so i  set it to 50 and started pt 2 days later...going from 70 to 90 has been difficult and painful.
 have you started pt yet ? ...my pt  has me do the sessions without the brace on, strengthening and stretching exercises.
good luck
post #1376 of 10802
1 Year and 4 1/2 months

Bad Landing Skydiving 4/13/2008

Qaud Tendon Repaired 4/17/2008

2nd Surgery Remove Scar Tissue Adhesions 9/12/08

Time to check in and see that there are many new victims of this god awful injury here ! Well all you newbies it gets better just takes times and lots of work to recover from this injury. I would say that my knee is about 90% back to where it was before the injury and it will get back to 100% here soon, just taking time to getting that last bit of explosive strength back into the quads. I really thought that I would have 100% of my strength back by now but with the scar tissue complications early on my quads REALLY wasted away and has taken quite some time to build the quads back up. But good news is that things are still improving even after a almost a year and a half. Still have a little bit of tightness in the repair site, but probably expect it will always be there and might improve with some more time. Over all I am happy with the out come. 

Health Care: I am a independent IT consultant and pay for my own insurance, my two surgeries combined cost me over $6000 out of pocket with my high deductible. But I was able to see and had one of the best knee doctors in the US working on my knee, Phoenix Suns head orthopedic surgeon Thomas Carter. I have heard stories about Canada's health care system where they do not have a choices in which doctors they see and are forced to see certain doctors.

mvcoach: I don't know if I would invest any $$ out of pocket in a brace, I ditched mine after 10 weeks and it was a complete POS but did it job for the time I had it.
post #1377 of 10802
I am would be interested to any thoughts on this issue.

I am now just shy of 7 weeks post op (complete rupture of left quad).  At six weeks, I was given an adjustable brace, which was set at 30 degrees, and a passive motion machine to use at home.  On the machine, I have been able to get to 80 degrees, with some pain.  On the brace, however, I have only gotten to 60 degrees, even right after using the machine.  I am perplexed at the discrepancy between the two.  Any thoughts.  On the other issue, I don't like pain and am afraid to push too hard on my ROM.  Any thoughts.
post #1378 of 10802
Hi Everyone,
11 weeks post Bilateral Quad Surgery.
Xerxers, sure sorry to hear about your shoulder. This recovery has required my full attention and energy, so I can’t imagine having something else troubling me. Hopefully you can get a bit further into your quad recovery before shoulder surgery.
Thanks for the update In2falling. I was getting worried that I might be tracking for LOA surgery, so I went back and read your posts and some others. Now I feel less concerned.  Hopefully my difficulties are just part of the deal.
Fallguy and I are at about the same place and I know how you feel my friend! I have been working my tail off trying to improve, and I kind of hit a wall with ROM this week. I am at 84/82 but it has been a real grind to get there.
I had PT on Mon, Wed, and Fri, and went swimming for 45 minutes Tues, Th, and Sun. Did a lshort leg press set and a hot tub on Saturday.  I have been paying for it too. I am sore as heck and working the ice packs at night.  
My strength and stamina are really coming back, and I even ditched the braces this week. But my knees are made of concrete when they hit the end of the range.  
Good luck to everyone! 
post #1379 of 10802
mvp coach, xerxer's and all others,
All of us are different.  I had my QTR surgery 7/14.  At my 5 week follow up my OS
recommended I forget about the hinged brace entirely( my OS is pretty good, he works on the minor league hockey teams).  My confidence in the repaired leg at
first was shaky, but the rom is now up to 84 degrees before PT( 2 weeks into PT).and hit 99 degrees at the end on Friday.  While I wouldn't go without the brace without talking to your OS, this is yet another method.( I still use a brace to go down the exterme hill where I park my pontoon boat, safety first)  I start with small weights tomarrow.  The repaired leg still tires easily
so I still have a very long way to go.
xerxers, who did you piss off upstairs to have shoulder problems too?  good luck in your decision...
wanasail, checking local liquor stores for ginger beer(dark and stormies), no luck so far !
Have a great week all !
post #1380 of 10802

Thanks for the reply.  The brace I have is called a "Bledsoe" brace and is not adjustable for length, which is the main problem I have with it.  I start PT in 2 weeks, at which time I am hoping to switch to a more compact brace.

To the group,

I have another general question, particularly for those of you who injured your right quad.  The more posts I read, the more this is becoming a primary question and concern:  When were you cleared by your doctors to return to driving a car?

I'd be very interested in hearing about some of your time frames, as I am beginning to question my own.

As always, thanks.

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