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post #1381 of 10808

QuadRepair date 1/6/09 
Rock.....I too have been religiously doing my PT and rehab, including walking 5 miles a day for the last 4 months as my base activity.  I have ridden my bicycle 100 miles (last weekend), walked 18 holes of golf..etc etc.....but Im really bummed!!!!  The ROM is like yours, probably equal to, or greater than the un injured leg...but the weakness in quad is persistent and significant!  I know my activities suggest that I am really doing fine in my recovery, but as an avid athlete and so active my whole life, the weakness and the persistent stiffness, especially when just getting up and moving is really worrisome.  Would you say that the "tendonitis" type of pain that is constant, will gradually reduce over time?  The leg is still so weak that when I am riding my bike, I cant "stand" and really push on the hills.  I can generate quite a bit of pressure, but have to remain seated.  The leg feels like it will buckle when it is isolated.  The "lag" is still quite apparent when in the lock out position.  Going down stairs, and to some extent up them, is still painfull and somewhat difficult through certain ROM.  Sure could use some encouragment.

post #1382 of 10808
Like you I was chomping at the bit to drive again.    My surgery was 7/14 so I am only
2 weeks ahead of you.  I too was looking forward to a smaller brace,(5 weeks) when my OS suggested that I do without one completely.  He then informed me NOT to drive until I was near 90 degrees rom..  I started PT  at 5 weeks (47 degrees) and by the end of the week had reached over 80 degrees at the end of the session.  I've been driving again  for over a week....
My wife has a lot of patience as I was extremely anxious to start driving(and a semi normal
life again.)
Good luck and hope you are a better passenger than I was,
post #1383 of 10808

Thanks for the reply, I am encouraged.  My wife has also been very patient and accomodating with me (and my active 9 year-old son!) in terms of rides.  I have learned to be a gracious passenger, but am also very much looking forward to a semi-normal life, including taking a shower after 7 weeks (sorry, fellas, "too much information" there) and going upstairs in my house!  I'll worry about the 3 hockey teams I am supposed to be coaching this season later...

post #1384 of 10808
Hi all,

Just a few thoughts stemming from recent posts.

1. Ginger beer can be purchased at good grocery stores or delis.
2. Congrats to all who are now driving or getting close to it. It's a great feeling to have those illusions of independence :).
3. Be patient with the braces. They're a pain. They're uncomfortable. They slip around too much, but we don't have to wear them all that long in the greater scheme of things. That being said, if you can find one that's comfortable, embrace it.
4. One reason for a discrepancy between PT ROM and the brace ROM might be positioning/fitting of the brace. I found that my ROM value was constantly changing based on how well I had the brace in position (and could keep it there, see note 3 above).
5. Camelliabowl71, has the tendinitis-y feeling been a constant for you? I've had a couple of periods feeling that sensation (patellar tendinitis sensation), but it's come and gone. One of my struggles has been to find the right seat position on my bike again, and this feeling came up most intensely when my seat was too far forward.

Gotta run, the baby just woke up. Garland
post #1385 of 10808
Thats a good question. I am approx 12 weeks post op. I was told by my doctor approx' 7 weeks ago not to drive for at least the next 6 weeks, meaning starting back again last week (Please bear in mind that this is the 3rd differeent doctor i have seen during this process). However, my PT said I was ok to drive legally nearly 3 weeks ago. I had began to show good re-development of both calf and early quad re-build.
At the start I found driving could be really painful after 20 mins or so, depending on gear changes (left quad). After this I would find myself massaging my left knee until the pain got too much and I would have to stop. If I had crashed whilst massaging the knee and damaged or hurt a 3rd party, then I doubt very much that the PT's words alone would have helped me in an insurance claim.

Dbrow explained to me that this pain reduces over time. I can now also confirm this. My only advice is that once you have a verbal ok from a medical proffessional, give it a go but stop the car and exercise the leg for a couple of minutes then you are good to go again. Keep doing this and you probably find it will get less every time you drive. Also keep working on the quad muscle. Good luck.


post #1386 of 10808

For less constrictive braces, Donjoy Drytex hinged:

Or one like that.  A slip on with the patella hole. I really liked the Donjoy but do not use it now.

They gave me one like that when I got out of the big brace.  I do not use it now, but it worked real well to allow me to get on airplanes early.

But I agree, check with your PT and Doctor before you buy.  Just use it as a suggestion.

Automatic your more than likely good to go in 5 or so weeks.
Manual (all mine are manual) you just do not have the strength to push the clutch.  It took me two months.

post #1387 of 10808
Westlakes and dbrow16,

Thanks for the input on driving and braces.  The Donjoy brace also looks very good, definitely more scaled down than what I have now.

On to another subject:  

To the group:  When did the swelling in the knee start to go down for you?  I am 5 weeks post-surgery, and am in a full-length hinged brace (30 degrees ROM) which I take off at night.  While the rest of my leg (above and below) looks pretty much normal in terms of size and shape, my knee looks like a rock-hard grapefruit!

Any thoughts on this?
post #1388 of 10808
 Hey! I was recently involved in a serious car accident resulting in a completly severed quad tendon and partial LCL tear.  My kneecap was completely exposed from the skin being ripped back.  Im 10 weeks post op and Im up and at em'! (GLAD IM ONLY 23 YEARS OLD) My doc told me that I didnt need a brace anymore but Im still a little hesitent to not wear one.

Should I continue wearing a brace of some sort, if not at least a sports brace?

And what do long term results usually look like?,  Will I be able to bend my knee ALL the way back like before?

MVCOACH,  get more ice on that grapefruit of yours, and get it above your heart!
post #1389 of 10808

Injury April 9th
Coming up on 5 months since surgery

The donjoy is a very high quality slip on that had a gap in the back of the knee.  Good for me as I have some large moles that get irritated there.  I am looking for a non hinged one for my trip to Italy, if nothing else, to get on the plane first.

I hate to tell you this but I spent 3 hours standing on concrete working on a fence and the knee was really sore.  Felt like it was bone on bone.  Now, does a hockey coach stand on hard surfaces for extended periods?  Think about it.  If you can sit down and coach, you could do it.

Within 2 weeks I went from 30 deg. to 120 degrees.  I think I was lucky.  I still get some swelling and hot spots even today.  I had a nurse friend tell me this weekend it was hot and to ice it.   I had pretty good swelling for three months or so and I still have puffyness in the repaired leg as compared to the other one.  I still get aches right where the attachment to the knee cap was at the end of the day or after doing some walking.  I am getting some pops, but no pain, just an ache.  I still take ibuprofen for the swelling as needed.

You just did a lot of damage to your tendon and muscle.  The measure of swelling differs with each case, but this is not a minor injury.

Automatic your OK in less than two months but that is with a left leg.  With your right leg, man, the foot ankle motion to accelerate and to go over to the brake...you really just do not have the ability to do that.  I can use my left for brakes, but it is not perfect and that is at about 5 months.
Practice in a parking lot, but it is honestly a safety issue right now with you.  The muscle is not strong enough.  Check with the DR.

I have been told the recovery is almost as it was before the injury.
I can bend my leg all the way back now.  A bit tight still, but I can bend it.  I have regressed a bit on the straight leg lift.  I do it with a bend.  I have to work on that.

Do a sports brace for security but you will drop that after three months.  You can pick one up at supermarkets for 12-15 bucks.  That twitchy front/back thing that these knees do almost goes away after 4 months as the quad develops, but it really sucks when it happens!

Edited by dbrow16 - 9/1/09 at 6:57pm
post #1390 of 10808
squirmmingcoil -- sorry to hear about your accident.  Sounds like you're off to a good start.  Let your doctor and PT call the shots.  If you're not comfortable without the brace, take a week or two and gradually reduce the times and places where you use the brace.  For example - wear it when you go out to unfamiliar places, but take it off at home - school - work or other places where you feel comfortable.    I'm six months post-op and haven't used a sports brace.  I do find that keeping my knees warm in cool weather reduces stiffness and soreness.  I'm thinking of trying knee pads if I have to kneel.   You just have to try things and see what works - talk to your PT for suggestions.  In terms of the range of motion (ROM) - the vast majority of us will eventually regain the full range (about 140 degrees) - but it is harder and takes longer for some than others.  Your PT will be focused on that until you reach about 110 degrees when you'll be able to do the exercise bike and start strengthening work in addition to completing the ROM.  Long term is the big question.  Almost everyone returns to normal activities - driving, walking, job functions, etc.   Only about half return to their full pre-injury activities.  The limitations are often not physical, but the willingness to do the 12 months of rehab that is required to rebuild the strength, balance and flexibility of the quads.  Its a mind game - set your goals and make them happen for you.   Good luck!
post #1391 of 10808
Hi Everyone,
It sure is interesting to read how everyone is on a different path, but it is encouraging to hear when Wanasail says, we all get there eventually.
My experience is like the opposite of dBrow16’s in some regards. I am earning every single degree ROM, going from 30 degrees to 86 degrees in five weeks. Meanwhile, I am doing sets on leg press sled at 100 lbs, on my feet much of the day, and more importantly I have shed the braces and started driving!   My strength has come back and so has my stamina and a fair amount of my stability. If only I could bend my knees. 
Squirmmingcoil, My OS told me at the 6 week appointment to lose the braces and get moving. Kind of a tough love moment. I thought it would never happen, but about 9 weeks I started walking around the house with only one on, and switching legs. Now they are sitting in the closet, and I hope to never wear one again.

Big day at PT today - i get to ride the stationary bike for the first time.  
Hope everyone stays healthy.
post #1392 of 10808
Hi all, 
( 13 weeks post op)
  rcm111       i'm right there with you...i have to fight and earn every single degree of rom..it's not easy and it's very painful, but i grit my teeth and push it.   98 degrees  rom today....like wannasail once said..no pain, no jane !!  I also got on the stationary bike today at pt... .. finally got over the top going in reverse..then awhile later i was able to get around  foreward ...it was painful but felt good to acomplish it !!   
 mvcoach,     i still have swelling and the rock hard feeling..but the swelling does seem to go down ever so slightly sometimes and i can tell the patella area is somewhat softer than before.
 these ruptures/repairs are very traumatic to the body..they say it will take many months for the swelling and stiffness to subside. hang in there .
good luck to all....
post #1393 of 10808
Fallguy, rcm111:

Keep up the great work, guys. The ROM will come. I think the biking will help. As I've said before, the most liberating moment in the rehab for me was going over the top for the first time on the exercise bike. It was great to overcome the fear but also to know that I was returning to a favorite activity.

at 6.5 months, I still have a bit of swelling around the knee where the tendons were sewn back together. The grapefruit size swelling went down gradually. I still find that my knee is most comfortable when it's slightly elevated while sitting around. I can definitely still feel some fluid pressure in/around the knee when I stand for long periods on a hard surface (or when my wife makes me go shopping with her, as we tend to shop at different paces).

I just got off the bike from my post-work ride. We're having our first taste of early fall here in MA, so it's a great time to be out on the bike. From now until early December, I love living up here.

I hope all goes well for everyone. Have a nice Labor Day weekend!
post #1394 of 10808
Injury April 9th
Coming up on 5 months since surgery


Ditto for me where the swelling is right on the upper knee cap right across that band where the repair was accomplished.  I was told at my age (59) the tendon has fused with the bone, so it does not surprise me that the swelling centers there. The ache comes mostly from the outside of the knee cap, slightly down from the top.  I think there was sewing there also.  I think we are dealing with scar tissue also in that area..

Rcm111 and fallguy,
I cannot explain why ROM returned for me so fast.  I will say that first time when the doctor set the hinges for 60 degrees ROM was an experience.  The Doctor told me to move to the edge of the bench to see what the leg would do.  It only dropped maybe 10 degrees and really hurt.  He set it back to 40 degrees I think.  I did the exercise where your on your back, feet against the wall and up and slide the repaired leg down, then try to move it back up.  I did that a lot and it was a strain.  The real trick is trying to get off the floor afterwords when no one was around.  I learned to have a step stool real close to assist.  I will tell you when bending the leg, it is still tight across the knee as I flex it backwards, but ROM is pretty normal now.

I am not going to lie, and will tell all that when I am up at the property planting trees, on my knees is is difficult to get up.  I have to plant the shovel, splay out the repaired leg and strain to rise while grabbing the shovel.  But I can do it.  When I changed the oil last weekend, I grabbed the bumper and got up basically the same way.

For those that are interested.  The Donjoy brace model I went to is 11-2007-5, with the 5 being an XL size.  It is a nice brace.  I agree the goal is to loose the brace, but I really disliked that full leg bledsoe.

I still say this injury is a full year recovery back to normal.

post #1395 of 10808
WOW, that is a scary ordeal. I have heard of surgeries similar to that, they seem extensive. Best wishes during your recovery...
post #1396 of 10808
 Wanasail AND others

Thanks for the advice and inspiration!  Its hard to get these answers from the people in charge of my post opp (os and pt).  I guess they just dont want to give me false hopes. They seem to just be happy with the fact Ive progressed this fast.   But i digress,  just happy to be alive.  I wish you guys the best of luck and I'll definately be back on here!  
post #1397 of 10808
Dbrow, wanasail , garlannd,mv coach and all,
Just finished the second week of PT. (surgery 7/14) Hit 107 rom to the repaired leg. PT is getting harder.  More bending(reverse quad sets today...ouch)
The " tough love" of being told to go without a brace(after 5 weeks) has some benefits.  I have pretty good rom
and can handle "day to day" activities.  At 7 weeks post op tho, the strength and balance have a long vway to go.
Garland and wanasail, found a local liquor store that carries ginger beer... in the soda section.
dbrow, thanks for keeping us informed on what we really can expect. I know I get frustrated when I have difficulty in doing chores that used to be routine.
Have a great Labor Day weekend all. 
post #1398 of 10808
Westlakes, dbrow16, garland, kamikazee99, and others,

Thanks for all your good input and advice.  As I would have guessed, some of this is very encouraging and some is concerning to me.  In any case, it is very helpful to hear how others are getting through this experience. 

I start my PT in 2 weeks, we'll see how I do.  

Good luck to all! 
post #1399 of 10808
Hey all, I have not posted in a while.  Welcome to the new folks.  For those of you talking about taking off your brace, I would agree that it is a very scary prospect.  My PT had me walk around at PT without my brace on and then eventually told me to take it off at home as well.  Therefore when my OS told me I was done with it, I was comfortable.  The gradual exposure to walking without the brace was definitely the way to go.  You just have to take it slow. 
I am going to the beach with my family for the labor day weekend and am hoping to do a lot of walking and bike riding.  I am hoping my knee allows me to do all that I want to do.
Good Luck All!
post #1400 of 10808

Injury April 9th
Coming up on 5 months since surgery

I HAVE HAD A MINOR SETBACK... There I was getting cocky, thinking to my self I gotta try to move this on.  I was trying to walk down the stairs I fell from to start this ordeal.  I tried to take them normal holding the banister.  I had just done that going down stairs over at the clinic (different pitch).  Well, the leg gave out (and I am really not sure how as it happened so fast) and I almost fell down 4 steps. I think I pitched forward and snapped back real fast and found myself falling backward with the left leg bending and straining backwards.  NOT GOOD, but I recovered.  It hurt a bit but honestly, it seemed like it might have broke loose some scar tissue as the knee corrected totally in an hour. 

The lesson learned is work on the quad building and the stairs are still a bit off in the future.

Went to the gym today, first time in a week or so due to job commitments.  I am up to 345 lb total with both legs on the sled, and made it to 205lb for 10 sets and 185lb for 10 sets on the repaired leg.  205 is a strain but I can do it.

Kamikazee99:  You are doing real well on the ROM

I was not trying to be too negative regarding coaching.  But as I and others have said, standing on hard surfaces for lenghts of time does get the knee to ache a lot.  You just have to be able to sit down and put the leg up and ice it down. And send the Assist. Coach out on the ice next time.

post #1401 of 10808
12 weeks post surgery

Many of us must be living the quote above; "thinking to my self I gotta try to move this on".

I must think that four or five times a day.  But this recovery is like constantly training for a marathon. 

Met with my OS for the first time in 5 weeks, and he said I was ahead of the curve ROM, and way way ahead on stability and strength.  When I told him about the slow painful gain of every degree, he told me a few stories about people pushing it and having complications.  He reiterated his original strategy; immobilize and heal, then recover. He is a 6 weeks before PT guy. 

Last week I was on my feet most of every day, including soccor practice three evenings (me walking out on the field and then standing, not playing).  I took the day off yesterday, but today I am taking the boys to go climb the rock wall while I swim and hit the hot tub.  

Good luck to everyone!  
post #1402 of 10808

Last February at my pre-op visit, I asked my OS when I'd be able to do a century ride (100 miles of bicycling in one day).  He told me with some luck and hard work in six months - around Labor Day.  Today was the day.  I did my bike club's century covering the 102 hilly miles in 6 1/2 hours of actual riding.  This was only a little off of my PR from last year's ride of 6:12.   I didn't have any significant problems and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

So, where am I after six months?  I'm back to doing all of the things I enjoy - just not quite as fast, strong and flexible.  Depending on the activity, I'm back to 80-95% of where I was pre-injury.  My injured leg is still noticeably smaller, my wife guesstimates the muscle development is about 70% of the other leg.   In terms of strength, I think garland's estimate of around 75% is about right.  I think the stronger functional performance for activities like bicycling is enhanced by compensation of both other muscles in the leg and by the stronger leg. 

For me, the key has been working on strengthening the quad, as well as core and other muscles and rebuilding my aerobics.  I'm sticking with my PT, actually a certified athletic trainer, and focusing on strengthening the eccentric contraction of the quad.  I only see her every 4 weeks, but that keeps me focused on my home program.

I hope this is helpful, especially for those only a couple of months into this wondering if they'll ever get back to normal.  Everyone's injury is different and each of us will take a different course through rehab.  Very best wishes to all.

post #1403 of 10808


100 miles in a day after only 6 months. To paraphrase Wayne and Garth, I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!

And to think, I was feeling good about myself after biking to my tennis club, hitting for 90 minutes, and biking home .

Keep up the good work!

post #1404 of 10808
HI everyone, a week ago I was still cycling to work, enjoying a beautiful fall here in Calgary, situated in the foothills of the Rockies, working out and looking forward to a great season.

I think everyone in this forum must have had the same feeling of disbelief after they sustained their quad tear. For me it was so stupid - carrying a (really light) chair down some stairs, I slipped on a couple and I've been horizontal ever since.

I was diagnosed last Sunday, operated on Wednesday morning, and I have to admit I really didn't know much about the injury and rehab until now. I think the surgeon and nurses have purposely skirted around the rehab process, which judging from your posts seems to be worse and longer than I would have imagined.

It's early days yet for me, and I still find it nearly unbearable to go down the hall to the washroom. So before I get into any of the big questions, I'd like to ask some of you other (unfortunate) veterans a couple of questions.

1) the straight cast has to be on a minimum of 6 weeks - with absolutely no weight on it - I guess that means you can't really work or work from home for most people?

2) a few posts mentioned icing the leg - has anyone found in the first 6 weeks that this is helpful?

3) It's nearly impossible to not touch your foot on the ground at all when you're on crutches and light headed from pain meds - will this ruin my repair?

4) how many weeks sessions of rehab should I push for?

5) will it stop hurting this much in the short term so I can quit living in bed?

Some of these questions likely sound a little foolish, but I can't think of a better group to ask - so thanks in advance for your patience, your inspiration, and your good news / bad news stories.
post #1405 of 10808

Don't worry, it will get better. Right now, you're 4-5 days post-op. That's early stages of a 6-12 month recovery/rehab process. Was it the right leg or the left? That will have a profound affect on how quickly you can become independent again.

The work thing will vary based on your job and your desire to get back on the job. A lot of folks have worked from home, others have been back in the office in 2 weeks, while others have taken much longer. For me, it was 2.5 weeks post-op when I went back to work at a desk job. I should've waited another 2 weeks to really be strong enough, but I correctly sensed that I needed to be in the office.

The first couple of weeks are pretty rough, but it does get better and much more rapidly than you might expect. I think I tried to block out that portion of my recovery :), but it seems like I spent about 2 days on the sofa and then got fed up with everything and started to try and move around more. The pain meds lasted 2 days after coming home, and then the pain was low enough to deal with via ibuprofen or nothing. I wanted the clear head more than I wanted to feel no pain -- probably 'cause I was trying to finish some games on the PS3.

MY OS wanted me to be partial weight bearing asap -- so I was putting some weight on the leg a day after surgery. The protocol that your surgeon prescribed isn't uncommon for folks on this forum. Your surgeon knows your injury best and probably uses a protocol that has worked well in the past. Work with what they let you know. Ask lots of questions and get every bit as much PT as they will let you have. It will take a long while to get back to biking to work. If you work hard, you'll be there.

As has been said lots of times on the forum, this injury generally heals well if you work hard. The protocol isn't all that important so long as you work consistently on the elements that you can. Right now, just relax and let your knee trauma heal. You've got a long way to go, so keep up your spirits. At just under 7 months out, I won't say that I'm better off for this injury, but I have enjoyed the recovery and rehab process tremendously. There is just such great and genuine pleasure in being active again and feeling like my knee works mostly as it should.

Good luck. Be patient. It will get better!
post #1406 of 10808
Injury April 9th, 5 months since surgery

Well, you are starting uphill, but it is a long hill.  I was just going down stairs myself when mine happened.  I learned it does not take much, just all the right things lined up to put all your weight etc on that one spot and away it goes.

First and foremost you will make it through this.  As Garland says, rest, take it easy you have a serious damage to the largest muscle in your body, and an important part to movement of your body.  This will not heal overnight.  Your in for months or work and frustration.  And you are not driving for a while, so just get use to it.

Stairs.  Get use to stairs sucking.  Such a simple task, walking down or up stairs.  Biggest challenge for me right now, at 5 months is stairs, with uphill slopes outside a close second.

1.  4-6 weeks straight, then they start to set the ROM.  You can put weight on it after a while You shift most of your weight to the good leg automatically. Do not force it, live with crutches for a few weeks, then a cane.  Your leg will tell you when it is ready.

2.  I still ice after 5 months but not that often.  Just when it gets hotspots or a bit swelled or puffy from working. Icing helps.

3.  NOPE will not ruin it.  The sewing will hold. Recliner dropped my leg at week 2 no problem.

4.  Depends, my rehab with PT was 5 visits, but you have to work at it at home or the gym.

5.  Give the pain two to three weeks or so and it goes down.  Take pills only as you need them.  Perhaps ibuprofen to carry the rest of the time?  I have 30 or so pills left from my 2nd prescription of 50. 

I mentioned in the last post I almost fell again and wrenched the knee.  The knee is fine.  I was up in the mountains this weekend on my knees planting 9 trees and fixing a dozen others making them ready for winter by wrapping the trunks.  The knees got a bit sore, but I was able to work and with a bit of effort get up and down.
Edited by dbrow16 - 9/7/09 at 5:23am
post #1407 of 10808
dbrow and garland, thanks so much for taking the time to reply, since I made my post I've been back to page 1 and reading everyone's stories. I appreciate your advice and I'm going to do my best to be patient and as you guys say, work on what I can.

Garland it's my left knee that's shot, I was interested to hear that that could make a difference, it was also a full rupture, which means it really didn't hurt that much - until the day after surgery... I think, like you guys, I'm getting a little tired of feeling like Keith Richards, so I may try to move to Tylenol today.

Dbrow - so glad to hear you didn't hurt your knee again when you almost fell - any chance you guys are going to be able to hit the slopes this year?

Once again thanks for taking the time, and thanks for the thoughtful advice ...
post #1408 of 10808
Injured 7/21/09
Surgery 7/28/09


I was also concerned after being told "NO weight bearing" for the 1st 4 weeks while in a staight leg immobilizer.  It quickly became obvious to me that realistically, unless you have 4 NFL linemen carrying you around 24/7, there is just no way to get around without putting occasional light weight bearing on the injured leg.  I have done the best that I can, with some occasional weight bearing, and believe that I haven't compromised the repair.  I am now 6 weeks out, and for the last 2 weeks have been in a full-length hinged "Bledsoe" brace with 30 degrees ROM.  I still have been trying to keep from weight bearing as much as possible.  I go back to the OS in another week, and hope to be moved to a less restrictive brace at that point and be able to put more weight on the bad leg.

My surgery was on the right leg, which is probably going to keep me away from driving longer than you will be.  This has been the biggest of my frustrations so far, not so much for the loss of personal "freedom", but because of not being able to take my son to practices, games, etc.

Good luck!
post #1409 of 10808
Hey Rockymtnlimp, so sorry about your injury. 
I am 12 weeks post surgery for both Quads, and have that three month stretch of in my rear view mirror. 
I discovered this website in my first week post injury and found it informative and inspirational. This should be required reading for any orthopedic resident. My feeling is that no one in the hospital really has had any exposure to this in an emergency situation, let alone what the rehab is like once you are discharged. So their evasiveness is from a lack of info.
It has been said here before that everyone is different and that is certainly true. There are also different schools of thought in the orthopedic community about duration of immobilization, when to start PT, when to be weight bearing, etc.
My impression is that the various methods all come down to the same outcome; six months to return to some sports functionality, and twelve months to where you don’t think about it anymore. There are all kinds of levels of recovery prior to six months.
Be patient, you will get through this and get better.  
Below are a few highlights from my story, some of which answer your questions;
·       ICE, ICE, ICE. I was on it 24 hours a day for 3 days in the hospital and on and off for three weeks after.
·       The pain will get better. There is always some discomfort, but I was off painkillers in a week.
·       Got my OS to prescribe a walker, toilet stand, and an ELECTRIC RECLINER.  I went from bed to recliner several times a day in the first several weeks and it was key.
·       I also hired a masseuse at week three to come to the home and give me some relief. She comes every two weeks and is right up there with my PT as a partner in recovery.   
Driving is freedom and the left leggers get their quicker.  I was first safe at about week 11.  On my way out the door, my wife said "take your time". 
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Hi All,

Operation 5th August 2008-Right leg.

Thought I would confirm there is light at the end of the tunnel for those who have been injured recently.Having had a different experience in England with post op recovery and re-hab I am pleased to report after some 13 months that I have recovered and am able to cycle,,jog,run up and down stairs etc all  much as before.
I believe due diligence in following a regular pt routine helped and also this forum gave tremendous insight into a still relatively rare injury.I think a steady approach to pt suited me but clearly each person has different capabilities.
Whilst this injury is a setback I think it also gives an opportunity for reflection and perhaps appreciate all those things that we do take for granted.
Anyway good luck and with time I am sure everyone will make pretty much a full recovery. 
Is there anyone out there who has survived the operation for several years and is able to give a longer term view?

Regards and best wishes. 
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