Everyone be easy
Wishing everyone on this thread all the best in their recovery!
This thread has certainly been informative. There seems to be a dearth of information/ differing opionions on the rehab of this injury. 48 yrs old..My injury was on 11/11/2009 while playing bball with my two sons...was executing a "jump stop" when left qud tendon ripped cleanly from patella. Most of you had intense pain, but fortunately, I must have had a clean tear off the bone because the only pain that I had was the muscle spasm in the quad. Surgury was 11/16, outpatient full weight bearing with knee locked in brace 4 hrs after operation. Very little pain even post op, ibuprofen worked best. At 6 weeks Doc told me to "wean myself from brace" so I discarded it at 6 weeks. ROM was about 45 deg at the start of PT, now at 11 weeks about 135 deg. Full ROM would be around 150 deg. The best exercise for ROM was the stationary bike. At first rocking back and forth and then with full arc while progressively lowering the seat to force greater flexion. I started doing intervals on the treadmill last week, jogging foe 1 min then walking etc. Today, I ran two intervals at 8.5 mph. The knee is still swollen, and I find that a compression bandage works well and of course ice after exercise! I had (have) chronic tendonitis of both knees since high school, and I think that it was a prime causal factor to my injury. Interestingly, the knee post op now has less pain going up and down stairs than before!!