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post #1801 of 10808

Im at almost 6 months, and I had my "last" visit with the OS.  He was happy with my ROM, 0 extension lag and heel to butt.  I can run 4 miles at 7.5 min/mile pace with no problems and I dont even notice the knee while running.  I does feel "different" and the OS recommended no competitive bball / skiing until about 1 year.  By far the best two exercises I found for strength and getting that last bit of ROM (both extension and flexion) was the single leg terminal extension with the Thera-Band see link:   www.elitefts.com/documents/knee_pain2.htm#  and the leg press to full flexion.  I still find seated quad extensions quite painful so I dont bother with them.
post #1802 of 10808
Waiting another month shouldn't make any difference at this point.  The long-term goal is to get your leg as close to normal as possible, even if it means a short 2-3 month setback.
post #1803 of 10808
Thanks for the help.  I'm in St Croix and at this point would prefer to go to someone who specializes in knees.
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Make sure your knee specialist isn't just knees. I know several who haven't done any operations but total knee replacements for years. You'd want an OS who does sports medicine--like ACL repairs and so on. It's not a difficult repair when things are fresh, but since this is a salvage operation and the MRI isn't diagnostic you might want someone who is prepared to do something beyond just filing the kneecap, roughing up the tendon, sewing it down and hoping for the best.

112' today. Still locked at 50' but I'm cheating on stairs a lot.
post #1805 of 10808
Thread Starter 
Hi all:  

Hope that you are all progressing and doing well.  One thing I miss out on with this injury is being out in the Idaho spring weather.  Our springs are very diverse here.  Last Friday a.m., a couple of friends climbed the local ski hill on skins and skiied 8" of fresh powder - another friend did the same on Saturday a.m. - they all said it was the best conditions of the season.  At the same time, it was probably 38*F here in town and kind of blustery - perfect day for a mountain bike ride!  Then yesterday, 60*F.  Rain today  We have already had an 80F day and several 75+F days.  Nothing like spring in the high desert!

The knee is doing well - it feels to me as if it is doing better and getting stronger more quickly than the last time around.  I went back and checked my previous posts, though, and I think I was doing more back then by the same distance out from surgery.  Regardless, I am doing 2000 yards in the pool 3-4 times a week, riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes, 5 times a week, doing leg presses on a machine (very low weight), leg lifts, quad isometrics, heel/toe raises, and mini squats.  This morning, the PT gave me 90* flexion in the brace (what a relief!), and put me on a elliptical trainer - that was hard at first. . . .

Tomorrow, I see the OS, and am hoping they tell me to ditch the brace - I'm not using it that much around home anyway.  Also, am hoping they let me on a real bike quickly.

Want to re-emphasize walking in the pool.  Folks, if you haven't tried it, get to it!  It is absolutely the key to my recovery - I can't overemphasize how much it has helped.  Yeah, you'll get some strange looks, but after one day, you will be absolutely sold!

Take care all,  keep working hard!

post #1806 of 10808
Thread Starter 
No bike for Idaho Guy, and keep the brace.

Saw the OS today and he said cycling is to be inside only until June, and to keep the brace for a couple of weeks longer - bummer.  But, he is pleased with the progress.  He is letting me start swimming.  I'm going to follow his instructions this time.  I cannot risk a third QTR surgery . . . . .

post #1807 of 10808
Hello all.

Idaho guy, congrats on your regimen and good info. I'm just short of 10 weeks out and have been off the brace for about four weeks because the limp caused my back much pain (surgery there last Oct).  I've been using the stationery bike 4Xweek (35-40 minutes  at 85-90 RPM) with my OS'  and PT's approval and doing all my core stuff. On alternate days, I use the elliptical or walk on the treadmill( or outside) at 3.7 mph and 2* uphill

Your recent memo causes me some concern about being too aggressive. What should I stay away from? I'm at 130+* with residual swelling but the only pain is my $%@%@ back!! My PT's exercises of semi squats on one leg or up against a wall with a ball between my legs (both X 30) have markedly improved my stair descents to almost normal. No biking outside for my either until next month.

Does the above represent any form of danger to this aging codger?

Thanks for your sage wisdom.

post #1808 of 10808
Thread Starter 

I don't have any "sage wisdom"; the only things I know are through my experiences and through this forum.  As far as your situation goes, it seems to me that you are doing great - it is only too aggressive if you experience "bad" pain (sore muscle pain is ok).  I'd just offer that you stay away from plyometric exercises or anything simulating plyometrics - that is where my downfall was - I should have waited until six months out to do any of those instead of trying them at 3 months.  I am simply being extra cautious this time as I have had 2 QTR surgeries on the same leg in two years, and have had 4 major reconstructions of the same knee over all - I can't afford not to be cautious.  That doesn't mean that you or anyone else needs to be extra cautious.  I think you are doing great, and that you should keep it up - it is inspirational!

post #1809 of 10808
Thanks, but you have been inspirational and so very helpful to me since I found this site between the day of my injury and surgery 3 days later.(3 holes drilled, etc). I followed your earlier progress (in March/April '08) and your pool work. Walking in the pool early on enabled me to exercise without the brace and no pressure on my back.Until a few weeks ago I was unaware that you suffered another setback. I learned of your misfortune when I realized that the thread continued all the way to the present.

As soon as I find out what plyometric exercises are I'll avoid them! And what is a "Besu" ball? I'm very low tech.

Thanks for the advice and kind words.

By the way I assume all who lurk here are aware that they can get a copy of their OS' surgical report under HIPPA. Mine was very informational and helpful to the PT's when he released me to them after 6 weeks.

Idg, I wish the speediest of recoveries so that you can return to the exhilaration of skiing and biking in the high desert. Your creation of this site was a God send for all of us. Thanks and Bon voyage!!

post #1810 of 10808


Since my seemingly harmless injury last Saturday evening (May 1, 2010), I have been reading with great interest all the entries here.   My injury was a result of slipping on some stairs and catching my weight completely on my left leg, which at that point the knee gave out.  I, like nearly everyone on this blog, am a 45 year old male that has been active my entire life in resistance training, martial arts, and many other sports.  Needless to say, to sustain such a severe injury from such a small slip has baffled me.  I have had weakness and pain in this knee for over a year but the ortho insisted it was nothing when I visited him a year ago about this.  He did not order an MRI at the time because he was sure of his diagnosis which was a strength and flexibility imbalance between the quad and ham.  I sit here today wondering if the quad tendon had a partial tear and this slip was all it took to finally snap it the rest of the way.


Like everyone else, I underwent the surgery this past Friday, May 7th, to repair the rupture.  I have studied with interest the various ways each doctor has treated this injury.  My OS wants me to keep it in a straight brace with no PT for the entire 6 weeks.  I do not want a shriveled up leg and have to relearn to walk.  I have also been trying to figure out how to return to the office which my OS does not want me to do from fear of blod clots.


I would be interested in everyone's opinions of where I sit right now, two days after surgery.



post #1811 of 10808



Patience is now your friend -- not a good one, mind you, but your constant companion for a while. As far as the office goes, use your best judgement. I went back 2.5 weeks post-surgery (3.5 weeks post-injury), and the first couple of weeks at work weren't fun. I had to find creative seating arrangements to keep my leg elevated. If I had the option of working from home, I certainly would have done that instead. Also, I seem to recall some definite auto insurance issues about driving with the brace on that I didn't know about at the time. You can check the forum about that.


As far as losing muscle mass, it's going to happen. It's not aesthetically pleasing, but it does mostly come back. I had a similar approach from my OS, and I wanted to be going more quickly at the time. I was 4 weeks locked at full extension in the brace. Now, 15 months out, I'm glad that he took it slow. I was champing at the bit to get to the rehab. I probably would have done some damage if left to my own devices :). I started PT gradually at the beginning and actually wished that I had saved those sessions for later on when I could have had more impact. Now, I can still see a difference between the two quads, but it's only in the VMO muscle that I see it.


Just be careful and, mostly, sane about what you're doing to rehab it. You have a while before you're going to start getting back to really mobile. I worked on my video game skills while still in stationary mode and averaged about a novel a day :). I'm pretty happy with the recovery at this point. I was just talking about it yesterday with the owner of my tennis club. I feel like I'm back at a higher activity level than I was pre-injury. My performance is good but different than it was before. In cycling, I don't really have a sprint anymore and can't explode -- but I can do good steady riding at a higher cadence than I did before. In tennis, the quad/knee area doesn't get as loose as my non-injured leg, but it holds together well when I'm playing. I just doubt that I could do 2-3 competitive matches in a day like I used to at tournaments. I'm pleasantly surprised with the results. Learning to trust it enough to go hard after a ball was the hardest part.


Finally, as you read the site, you'll see lots of different approaches. They all seem to work and seem to be geared at the OS's experience more than at the patient's state going in. Just try to enjoy the process of coming back and try not to let it get you down too much.


Best wishes, Garland

post #1812 of 10808

Hi everyone:


Here's a question for the folks who've gotten back to mostly normal things. I'm starting to feel an urge to get my mountain bike out again after keeping it put away all of last year. I'm riding my road bike a lot these days, though I still haven't gone back to road pedals yet. I still feel more comfortable using my SPDs with mountain biking shoes on the road. I'm not sure about what to use on the mountain bike. I'm thinking that cage pedals without the cages could be the right place to start.


Has anyone gone back to mountain biking after QTR? What are your experiences? Am I just being hyper-cautious about getting out on the trails again? I just hate to have a state park in my back yard and not spend any time in it :).

post #1813 of 10808

Welcome WVCPA, sorry to hear of your injury. Its now 13 weeks to the day since my injury, the first things you must come to terms with is A. Disbelief (that the injury happened to you in the first case) B. Frustration, that cicumstances beyond your immediate control are going to influence your entire life for a while. Acceptance of your situation will eventually open the door to optimism, and a determination to recover. Last wednesday 12th May, my OS discharged me from his care, although i still have more physio to do, i'm now literally running up stairs. When i was at your stage, i thought days like these would never come. Stay positive, accept where you are in relation to your recovery, and things will improve. Best of luck in your recovery. Chapmansheader.  

post #1814 of 10808

Welcome and good luck WVCPA.


I think you'll have lots of time to review some of the great tips, "do's and don't's" and experiences referenced in this entire thread. I found it a terrific aid to my recovery thus far and a wonderful comfort to communicate with those enduring like discomforts and questions.


I do have one tip I don't remember seeing here: You'll obviously be wanting(and needing) to take a shower. My wife found a simple and cheap device called the "Seal Tight Cast and Bandage Protector" which should be available at most full service Drug or Medical supply stores. It looks like a giant prophylactic with a seal on one end and which works perfectly to protect your incision area. You'll have to shower without the brace but you should have no problem standing. My OS told me not to fear using full weight on the leg from day one as long as it's not bent. (I Left the hospital on crutches and a brace the same day---- staph paranoia!!).


I wish you a speedy and full recovery.



post #1815 of 10808

Week 9. Knee definitely a bit swollen and tender. Was told to back things down for a few days. As usual, PTs felt I was doing too much too soon. After both the 2005 R and 2010 L I was seeing patients in a wheelchair after a weekend off--if I don't work the bills don't get paid. Patients were happy to see a Doc in worse shape than they were.


I'm sneaking down to the elliptical tonight. Wish me luck.

post #1816 of 10808


Thanks for the encouragement.  This isn't the first time I have gone through knee surgery and the re-hab, but certainly the first time under circumstances that I would not think would cause such an injury.  My first injury was 10 years ago while down hill skiing and I hit a bad ice patch on the slope and my ski did not release and completely tore the ACL in my right leg.  I could walk prior to the surgery just having to be careful of the knee kicking out.  The surgery was longer than this surgery and resulted in significant atrophy of the quads and calf of the right leg.  The difference was I started rehab immediately after surgery and started working my way back.  I was back to work in 3 days after surgery, albeit with a brace and cooling apparatus to remove the swelling.  This go around, missing a step and landing two steps down causing such a serious injury is mind boggling to me as I had mentioned before.  Did anyone else's OS state that this injury could build over time?  Seems logical given that we are all active and probably pretty tough on the knees.  I had been doing the P90X program the first 4 months of this year which has lots of plyometrics, and kicking and yoga.  Not sure if this contributed or not. 


At this point I haven't returned to the office but have been working at home.  I am attempting to wean myself from the pain meds but about mid afternoon the knee starts throbbing.  I was taking 2 Lortabs every 6 hours after the surgery and have only taken one today as I am typing this.  I may have to take one to sleep, but hopefully am nearing the end of the pain.  I have my followup with the OS next Wednesday to have the staples removed.


This forum is a great informational forum but even more than that is a great support mechanism for all of us who have endured this injury.  My best wishes for all of you on here and I thank Idaho Guy for starting this thread!

post #1817 of 10808
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody:


Happy spring to you all!  The weather here is supposed to be 76F today - a great evening for watching teen age boys play soccer - which is my plan for tonight.  Soon, I'll be able to cycle out to the fields instead of driving a car - I can't wait.  The moderate temps are a nice respite before summer here, where we get a couple of weeks of temps above 100F, and most of the summer is above 90F.  I spend as much time in the high country as possible . . . .


WVCPA:  welcome and very sorry for your injury.  However, you WILL get better; it simply takes awhile.  I don't think you will have to change your lifestyle as a result of this injury - I think you may have to tone it down a degree or so . . . ., but, as a result of my own "toning down", I believe that I can become a better skier, cyclist and climber.


Garland:  I was mountain biking from about 8 mos. after my first QTR surgery.  I didn't see any particular dangers - I think what makes Mt. biking unique for a QTR guy is that you sometimes have to put your foot down unexpectedly and at speed.  But that is the case with any sport - in tennis, you need to be able to switch directions unexpectedly, in skiing, the unexpected happens all the time.  In mt. biking, I felt as if the huge uphill grinds here really helped me to improve last summer, and as soon as the Doc lets me on a mt. bike, I intend to hop on one this summer.  I really think that it is the variable pressures exerted by the leg on the knee during sports such as mountain biking and alpine skiing that helps the leg improve the most.  Road cycling is great, and I love it, but I always know exactly what every single pedal stroke is going to feel like - in order to prepare for avoiding a future QTR, I must be able to handle the unexpected - and that is what Mt. biking and alpine skiing give me.  Interesting concept - I'd be interested in hearing others' "take" on this as well.


post #1818 of 10808

Well, one week from surgery, I am at least getting used to hobbling around on crutches and am now finished with the Celebrex prescribed and have quit taking any pain killers.  Looking forward to Wednesday to get the staples out and see what I am allowed to do next.  To date, I have not been allowed to remove the straight brace, but after the staples are out, I understand I will then be able to remove to shower.  I had asked the OS office if I was permitted to flex the quad isometrically while sitting in a non-weight bearing position and was told I could do this with no harm.  I have been doing this, but it certainly feels weird. 


Did OS of the others on here allow any degree of flexion two weeks out or still completely straight?  Were any of you allowed to remove the brace at night to sleep?  I will have to say I have not slept well since the injury and am looking forward to be able to remove the brace.  Also, what kind of brace did everyone else have?  I read comments about "unlocking" the brace to allow a certain degree of flexion.  The brace I have now is a simple velcro strapped brace with steel in the fabric for strength, so there is no "unlocking".  I would be interested in knowing if I get a different kind of brace after the staples are removed.



post #1819 of 10808

You'll be surprised how much that velcro brace will flex--particularly in a week or so. I wound up re-inforcing mine with a thick ruler. Just be comfortable in knowing some of the younger OS allow a lot more flexion early and my early minor flexing did no harm. The P-O-S velcro brace was supplied by the hospital and I didn't get a fairly decent one until my first post-op visit in 2 week. The standard is a BREG post-op brace and you don't want that. I went through two with my 2005 RQTR and this one I have now is a much sturdier one secured by 4 velcro straps. It has a togle on each side that is set to the degree of flexion you are allowed. I'm at 70.


What you want is the one I didn't get. It's the Breg post-op brace that telescopes so the length of both the upper and lower is adjustable. I suspect it doesn't slip down your leg like the standard one size fits all. Ask for one that adjusts.

post #1820 of 10808

Hey Idaho Guy:


Thanks for the feedback on mountain biking. I think my hesitation has much to do with the New England mountain biking terrain :). I think you're right that it's all about being ready for the unexpected. I went through that in getting back on the tennis court, and still have moments where I find myself asking exactly what possessed me to chase down a ball ... Since I don't have any more weekend tennis matches for a while (we lost in our league finals last weekend), next weekend seems like a good time to get the mountain bike out on the trails by our house.


Good luck on biking to the soccer matches in a little while:). It's an odd feeling of liberation to be back on the bike again. This year has been fun so far. I still can't sprint, but I'm having a blast riding and generally moving faster (steady state) on the bike than I have since before the kids were born :).


For everybody in the brace and just gettin' out, best wishes. Push it, but stay sane!

post #1821 of 10808

cdavant3, I appreciate the advice.  I will check on that BREG brace when I go back to my post-op visit this wedesday.  The brace I was put in from the hospital actually has a steel strip down the back and two steel pieces down the front with 7 velcro straps.  With all this, the brace still slides down the leg regularly and has to be re-adjusted but it is pretty stout as far as preventing flexion.  The BREG brace sounds like the way to go.  Going against all doctors orders, I did find that I can get in my truck and drive with the straight brace on, so that gives me some degree of freedom I was missing.  I also found I can get around with one crutch instead of two, so that is a big help as well.  I don't want to push beyond what I should as far as a set back, but I do want to push towards a quick recovery and regaining full use of the leg.


post #1822 of 10808

Found this site after during the many hours of searching for the web.  I am a 48 year old male who ruptured my patellar tendon on 4/19 playing basketball.  Just up to block a shot and it felt like someone kicked me in the knee as I jumped.  I have had Jumper's knee for years and even had cortisone injections about 20 years ago which I hear is considered good medical practice now.  I also did a very heavy leg workout the day before but had no knee pain.


I had the surgery on 4/23 and have been in a hinged brace set at 0 degree flex.  I had my first PT session on Monday and took off the brace for the first time.  Felt very nervous hopping on crutches over to a bike.  Was very disappointed in my lack of ability to bend the knee.  Have my 2nd session tomorrow.


I am just a recreational skier as I live in Tampa but was fairly active and still played a competetive game of hoops.  Hoping that I will be able to play before my next birthday.  Biggest complaint is not being able to drive.  I actually drove a couple of times using my left foot but really wasn't safe and was painful as hell.  Hoping that with 2 weeks of PT that driving will be an option.


Thanks for everyone who share on this site.  It has helped my state of mind to read about other people's experience with this injury. 



post #1823 of 10808


Sorry to hear of your injury.  I can't wait until I start the PT as I am only two weeks into the fixed brace which I understand will have to remain on for 6 weeks.  I also had symptoms of Jumpers Knee and had been doing heavy plyo workouts this year among my other leg workouts etc.  I believe the injury had been building for some time.  After my injury, I did a significant amount of research online, and one thing you may find interesting is that new research has shown a connection between the cortisone injections contributing to the tendon failure.  If you Google "corticosteriods and tendon ruptures" you will find many results for this.  I hope your rehab goes great.


post #1824 of 10808

Hi Chuck:


Welcome and God speed your recovery:


I saw my OS a few days ago after 11+ weeks. He "released" me for all activities except jumping (plyometrics??) and tourquing violently. I'm into neither. Both he and the resident (5 wks to go) were impressed with my leg strength, flexibility and muscle mass. I think it's because he told me to do quad flex and release X 25 immediately after staple removal at less than two wks post surgery (with brace on of course).. Also, he advised me to do straight leg lifts (flexing and releasing at each rep). You'll have 2 things to focus on: flexibility and strength. If I can do it -- anyone one with resolve and patience can do it.


Idaho guy and other ski/bike athletes have been an enormous help to me and everyone else . I'm now free to get on my Trek bike and challenge the dangerous streets (and hills ??!!) of Chicago. Good luck to you and all others who come to this hallowed site.


Golf awaits this weekend.. I truly missed the frustration, expense; and my comrades on the links can now breathe a sigh of relief that their kids' college will paid for. The great fish is back!!



post #1825 of 10808

14 weeks out.  Started PTx this week, although I've unilaterally allowed myself to do some easy biking and moderate hiking.  No pain, some suprapetellar swelling, great flexion.  My continuing concern is the 10 deg extension lag that I'm hoping will resolve with PTx, and a palpable stepoff and indentation above the middle of my patella.  Could this indicate some muscle detachment?  I don't remember any false moves since my 2nd surgery.  (I tore the original repair 2 weeks after my first surgery when my knee buckled twice while I was out of the brace, not appreciating the profound weakness of my newly-repaired quad.)  The OS seems to feel that the attacnments are still intact.  So we'll see.

Thanks again for the moral support that this forum has given me.  To be continued...



post #1826 of 10808

Michael, great to hear of your recovery and release from care.  I was also told I could flex the quad in the brace, however, I had to ask them that, they never instructed me to do that.  I have a four week follow up in a couple weeks and I will ask about the straight leg lifts as well.  Seems that would help get the muscles firing again.  Peter, really sorry to hear about your set back.  I guess that reinforces what my doctor said about not doing anything outside the brace to protect the repair until it heals.  I wish you the best of luck in recovering from this.

Has anyone on here experienced or read about a new procedure for repairing a QTR that does not require any time in the straight brace.  I ran across an article online while researching that a new procedure has now been developed that allows PT to start immediately after the surgery.  I would encourage anyone just suffering from this injury to inquire of their OS on this.  I plan on asking about it of my OS even though I have already had the surgery just for my own education.

I have returned to my office now, two weeks out, and not doing too bad at this point.


post #1827 of 10808
Thread Starter 

Hi Chuck - welcome, but sorry to meet you under such circumstances.  Was it really your patellar tendon that was severed?  That is a much more rare injury in guys our age - typically occurs to younger guys.  I'll bet that hurts! Ouch!  Hang in there, keep a good attitude and go to the limit of what your OS and PT permit you to do.  You will find that this too will pass . . . .


ERDoc:  I am worried because of your extension lag.  I had an extension lag for almost two years after my first QTR surgery, and it certainly indicated (after thinking about it), that the original repair had partially failed. They can do an MRI to determine this or, possibly an ultrasound or even an X-ray to determine if the patella is properly placed.  My advice is get the MRI done asap.  I wish I would have spent the money to do it 2 years ago - I would much rather have gone through a "re-repair" then, than wait an additional two years . . . .Take care - I'll be thinking of you. 


My "re-repair" continues to improve - I am able to do full extensions without any lag after 11 weeks.  I know I could ride a bike right now, but am holding off and taking my PT's and OS's advice this time.  Did a 1.5 mile walk on a dirt path last night and never felt once like the knee would collapse, although I did stumble once.  This time around, things are going much smoother for me . . . .


Walking over tonight to a concert venue about 1 mile from home to see the Bare Naked Ladies - should be a great show, although it is supposed to be about 50F at show time.


Good luck to you all



post #1828 of 10808

Hi Rob - I haven't heard about a new procedure for repairing a QTR, but some OS's believe in a more aggressive return to motion and  PT.  I paid some extra out-of-pocket to go to a sports medicine practice that took the more aggressive approach. I was put into a BREG brace right after surgery and allowed some flex (50 degrees) when sitting.  I had the outpatient surgery on Tuesday (left leg) and was allowed to walk with crutches with the brace fully locked, drive and return to work half time on Monday - providing I didn't take any narcotics during the day.  I started passive PT about 14 days after surgery.   Published studies show no difference in outcome between waiting six weeks to start PT and the more aggressive programs - the aggressive approach worked for me.  My unscientific feeling is that getting an early start on the PROM may have helped minimize formation of scar tissue.  In any event, it gave me the feeling of doing something and making progress.  I'm now 15 months post-op.   Best wishes for your recovery!

post #1829 of 10808

IDG:  I'm afraid you might be right.  The OS wants to give Ptx about 3 mos. and re-evaluate.  However, if the function is good, I'm not sure it would be worth the effort to go back in.  Anyway, I don't usually have my knee straight when I ski.



post #1830 of 10808


My OS is supposed to be a sports medicine OS, however, he is a lot more cautious on this than he was on my ACL repair ten years ago.  I was in PT immediately after the ACL surgery.  I would have preferred the aggressive approach, if for no other reason, just the relief of bending the leg.  I am somone who can't stand to sit still anyway, so having an immobile leg really sucks.


Idaho Guy, glad to see your progress the second time around.  Can't imagine having to do this again in two years, I certainly wish you the best for a complete recovery this time around.


At this point I am just looking for small landmarks to get me through this.  The ability to start showering was one small landmark, but after reading about Peter's setback, it makes getting that shower outside the brace a little more scary.


Once the PT starts and the brace comes off, how is this done?  I assume the quads are putty at that point.  Do you still have to use crutches while attempting to get the strength back?  What is the possibility of re-injuring after 6 weeks prior to getting the strength back?  I would be interested in hearing about others experience with PT post brace.


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