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post #1891 of 10802

Well, when I had back surgery for a ruptured disk in1990, I thought I'd never be able to get back into my kayak, and 3 mos. later I was back on the river.  So I plan on skiing again next winter, although right now I can't imagine it.  I'm 59 yo, coming on 20 wks. post-op for my left QTR.  My OS made me wait 12 wks. before starting PT, due to the fact that 2 wks. after the first repair I was careless, and one day, getting out of the shower without my brtace, and not fully appreciating the weakness in my left quad, my knee buckled, tearing the original repair, resulting in a second surgery.  So I'm 8 wks. into PT.  My flexion is great, but I still have a 15-20 deg extension lag which I may not recover.  I'm not sure which is worse, limited flexion or limited extension.

I suppliment PT with biking 2 hrs.on mild to moderate hills almost daily, and after work, climbing up and down the 226 stairs in the new tower at our hospital.  The only pain I have is in by back, which is partly from recurrence of my lumbar disk issues, from an unbalance in my walking, which is slowly improving.  Anyway, these blogs have really helped my morale, esp. when I was off work for nearly 3 mos.  Other than the above, my life is pretty much back to normal, just a little slower.  I guess it's all about patience and persistence.  Since I've cut down on my recreational activities, I've actually considered getting back into flying. ( I have a mere 55 hrs. in  Cessna 150, but haven't flown since 1971.)  And now, I'm going to set up my new iPhone G4...





post #1892 of 10802

3.5 weeks out of the brace going 5-6 miles three or four days a week--have worked up to jogging about half of it. Hurts much less when I'm moving it than at rest. Seems like the 2005 one was less painful by now.


Pilots please be careful about getting back in the cockpit. I'm an AME and run into a lot of 3rd class pilots who don't realize their medical becomes invalid if their health status changes so a brace or decreased ROM isn't acceptable. You'll drive long before you fly.


I know one pilot who flew back from a ski trip with a broken ankle in a cast. When he had an accident after landing his insurance refused to pay, pointing out they didn't cover pilots flying without a license.

post #1893 of 10802

This injury tests both your physical and mental ability to work yourself back to a normal life.  I played football in high school and college.   During that time I witnessed alot of players go down with a knee injury.  For some reason I always thought that would never happen to me and if it did I always wondered if I had what it takes to work myself back.   At 58 years  of age I suffered the same fate as everyone else on here.    I am now at 10 months post op and getting there slow but sure.    Some of the activities that have helped me beyond PT are as follows:

  • Having a great wife-without her support and assistance I would not have made it back.
  • Investing in an exercise bike and riding it every day.   Once you are able to turn over the crank one full revolution the feeling of accomplishment is nothing short of great.
  • Going to the gym 4-5 times a week.
  • Working with a certified athletic trainer that specializes in working with folks recovering from knee injuries.   She always has me do the same exercises on both legs which is very important.  Work on strength, balance and flexibility.
  • Walking and simulating running in a heated therapy pool.
  • Stretching 2-3 times a day
  • Using ice 1-2 times a day for 20 minutes each time.
  • Walking up and down a incline.  Start out with a low incline and work your way up.  Can also be done on a trend mill.
  • Walking backwards-I perfer doing it on a basketball court to keep me going straight and the end and half court lines help me with knowing where I am.


Hang in there folks as it does get better.   Remember - no one can touch the stars until they have known the depths of dispair and fought their way back!

post #1894 of 10802


The OS just had me tighten my quad muscle and do a straight leg lift, I assume to ensure that the repair had taken.  He then simply told me that I was done with the brace but that I should use crutches until the leg strength came back.  I used the crutch a little, but have since ditched the crutch when walking on flat ground.  At my first PT visit is where they measured my degree of flexibility in the knee.  I was given 6 different exercises to work on at home to increase the flexibility and start strengthening the quad muscle.  After 6 weeks in a brace, my quad is about half the size of the other leg!  I spent the whole weekend on my boat with the family for the first time since the injury.  Needless to say my knee and foot were very swollen after this, but it was worth it to be on the water again.  I go back tomorrow for my second PT visit, so hopefully they will do more.  I did not receive any electro stim the last time, so I don't know if that will be part of the rehab or not.  They did not mention water therapy, but I think you can do what your body will endure so long as you don't push to the point of pain.   Hang in there, we will all eventually overcome this!


post #1895 of 10802

Hello All,


It's just about 6 months after my second surgery and I figured I would give an update.


Yesterday I ran a 5k race in my town. This was one of my "goals" I set for myself when I got injured. I'm not much of a runner and have only run 2 other 5k races in my life but I was able to run the whole thing without stopping and came in a minute and a half faster than my previous best time. Knee felt fine during the race and although a little stiff afterwards there were no problems.


I'm still not 100% and figure it will take more time before I don't even think of the leg anymore. It doesn't hold me back from doing anything I want to and the only real limitation is kneeling. I can put weight on it but it feels weird and I can't really shift weight on it. But if that's my biggest problem then I don't have anything to complain about.


Keep up the hard work and remember that you will get through this and get back to a normal life again!



post #1896 of 10802

Hello all, I am a 65 year old runner (40 years worth). On March 3, I fell and suffered a complete quad tendon rupture (left leg), surgery 3 days later, leg immobilizer and crutches for five weeks. My foot was swollen the entire time. Brace off and PT started May 3. My initial leg bend was 45 degrees. I am now at 120, with much effort. 135 is considered normal. Foot swelling immediately disappeared when I was able to put my foot down. I was still on crutches. My knee swelling has not abated. My knee looks like a melon. Icing after rehab and at home has no effect. I have significant arthritis in both knees (as a runner I ignor this). I have been told my swelling may endure for months and the arthritis may inhibit recovery and swelling reduction.  I am still employed (disabled now). to return to full duty I must be able to drop to each knee. the OS and the PT people agree the swelling may impede progress. I appreciate any comments or suggestions,  

post #1897 of 10802

Yikes - this thread is up to 64 pages! Hey folks do you want to keep these all in one place or start a new thread for each new post like Mike's?



I am not a doctor and I don't even play one on the Internet, but after 8+ weeks I'd be asking about getting the knee drained. My recommendation is to start shopping for a second opinion and a third opinion. Second would be a different knee specialist. Third would be accupuncture. In the meantime I'd be living at the pool trying to keep my aerobic capacity up. Good luck.

post #1898 of 10802

Hi. I am a 59 year old Brit, manage 15 days skiing a year usually in Europe (1000 mile journey to the slopes), but have skied Fernie a few times. Ruptured my quad tendon falling down stairs running for the phone  - I know I know - sober. Had the op last week and in a full cast for 6 weeks until August.


Will work my way through the postings. Keen to know if anyone has any advice on whether there is anything I can do to reduce the quad muscle wasteage. Also any advice on dietary supplements.


Any comments welcome and appreciated.



post #1899 of 10802

Welcome to Epic Stephen. Sorry about the accident. Have you got a physical therapist lined up yet? Typically, you'll have a period of rest (i.e. wasteage) before you can start rehab and you absolutely can't cheat. Once rehab starts, there's a fine line between maximizing your recovery and overdoing it. A good PT will learn your personality and take you to "your" limit.


In theory, you could start working on maintaining strength in your other leg, but you'll probably get professional advice not to try this because you'll be overworking the other leg while you're on crutches, you really want to take no risks with the bad leg healing and you don't want to make unbalanced strength worse than it needs to be. Once you're in rehab, then you can start working on upper body and cardio separate from rehab exercises (aka - find a pool!), but if you're a normal human rehab exercises are enough of a pain on their own.

post #1900 of 10802
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody: 


Wow, the ranks of the QTR survivors continue to swell . . . I'm so sorry for each of your injuries, but just hang in there, it will get better over time. 

MikeDelta:  Look into a Donjoy "Iceman" to address your swelling.  With it, I was able to ice my knee all night as I slept - they are expensive, but worth every penny.  I still use one when I overdo it . . . .


It is almost 4 months after my second QTR surgery on the same knee within two years.  I continue to get stronger and better each week.  This week I have ridden 125 miles on my bike and only had to address overuse and swelling issues once.  I am ready to hike, but the OS said "NO hiking, NO backpacking, NO mountain biking, NO climbing while road biking, etc., etc." until after he sees me on July 15.  I think he'll pretty much discharge me from his care at that point.


This repair seems to be more solid than the last, I do not have the fear of collapse of the knee at all times, and I'm able to do just about anything.  Folks, if I can get back after more than two years of this, you can put the time in to get back yourselves . . . .DON'T QUIT just because it is taking a little longer than you though - you can all do this! Stick with it!



post #1901 of 10802

I had a complete rupture of my left quad tendon in late April 2010 due to a slip and fall on the sidewalk in the rain in Boston. During the fall, my foot slid forward, planted, and my entire weight fell backward, and the loud popping sound like a large wooden dowel snapping is something I would like to forget. I am 44 years old, a little overweight and out of shape but with much muscle mass. I was fit and very strong my whole life until family demands took over 15 years ago.


I had surgery 5/12/2010, no complications. I used a knee immobilizer and two crutches for 6 weeks. When I reported for my first physical therapy session last week, I had 25 deg of flexion in the knee and lots of stiffness/adhesion.


My surgeon is top notch and was pleased with the repair, but told me that I should walk without crutches and use the immobilizer, or use one or two crutches without the immobilizer to protect against re-injury during a fall. He basically told me "just walk", which I found dismissive and frustrating, because I walk like Frankenstein with the immobilizer, my gait is all screwed up, and the left leg is just not strong enough yet.


I am using one crutch because my leg muscles are weak and I feel like the leg could buckle at any time. My original PT was afilliated with the surgeon, and the PT emphasized that I work on strengthening the quad muscle, and gave me additional exercises to do to for restoring ROM to the knee.


I was very dissatisfied with this approach, and went to another PT, whose mantra is ROM of the knee first, and muscle conditioning later. He was alarmed at how little flexion I had and said that I was very behind from where he expected me to be. Unlike the first PT, this guy started me on 3 sets of 30 reps of weights using pulleys in various configurations to work on the ROM of the knee. He is working me hard, just to the point of pain but no more.


After one week of 3 therapy sessions focusing solely on ROM of the knee, I am up to 40 deg of flexion. I can relate to others' comments about feeling like a large rubber band is attached above the knee. The swelling is down considerably and the knee is looking much more like the other one.


There is general soreness throughout the knee, but nothing truly bothersome. It's the stiffness and scar/tissue adhesion that is slowing me down, which I guess is a normal part of this injury. Aside from the PT, can anyone suggest how to speed up the process of breaking up this crap and getting it out of there?




post #1902 of 10802

My OS is part of the group that treats the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. I have great confidence. When my quad tore, some bone from the patella also pulled away. The OS did not seem concerned about the bone or swelling. After he removed me from the immoblizer, he wanted me on crutches for 5 more weeks to protect from a fall. I am an addicted outdoor runner and that seemed unreasonable. I walk two to three miles a day unaided, in addition to my daily PT. I have been told I am doing fine and would accept that if the swelling went down. I will look into Donjoy "Iceman". I did not have a disabling injury until the fall, that included 34 years of road racing. The rehab has been constant knee pain with an average of 4-8 on the pain scale. The O/S did say prepare for pain and would have written a prescription if requested. Sorry for rambling on. I am happy to have found this site and will now start the 64 page review. Thanks 

post #1903 of 10802



Those credentials are impressive, but you still need an explanation for why that much swelling for that long. My guess would be the 2-3 miles/day of walking might have something to do with it. You need to get that swelling down to make real progress on rehab. Would it kill you to take 4 days off as an experiment?

post #1904 of 10802



When I had my knee surgery, my PT had this computerized torture machine that looked like a leg extension machine but was part "transformer". The PT would start with an exercise that was just this side of "no way Jose" (I used a different expression at the time). When I got almost good at it after a few sessions, he'd flip some switches/ flip things around and I'd go through a "you got to be (kidding) me" moment and start all over again.  The thing worked your ability to control through the ROM. It's the most intense and mind altering PT I've ever had and I really felt it working. Be careful what you wish for.


For my broken shoulder I had a lot of scar tissue that would cause pops. PT said to keep doing the exercises (the one that felt like they "ground" the pops) and the noises (scar tissue) would go away. They did. No weights/light weights to start with and work your way up as ROM and popping reduce. Hopefully your PT will have similar advice/exercises for your knee.

post #1905 of 10802

Hi Annelise,


Well, now I know what the sacrum is!  My knee is still somewhat swollen, and it mainly hurts at night, when I am trying to sleep.  I am still taking Advil almost every night.  I can't wait till July 9th, when I go to the OS and he said we will probably remove the brace at that time.  July 9 will be exactly 6 weeks since the accident.  Then I believe he will release me for PT.  Reading these postings, it seems that using a pool is a good way to help the rehab.  Do you feel using a pool is a good idea?  When I do heal, I am going to try to get my body better in tone, joining a gym and looking into Yoga lessons.  Thanks for your input.  Take care, Tim

post #1906 of 10802

Mikedelta--don't worry too much about the swelling. Your OS like to drain knees and will do your's if he thinks it will help. I had my second QTR one day before you--almost certainly because years of running (27 marathons,4 Bostons) had left my tendons in rough shape. I stopped PT one week out of the brace and started trying to jog a bit. MY ROM is back to normal, but the knee still hurts like hell after trying to run--no pain at all until after I stop--and it still swells a good bit. I plan to do a 5 miler next Thursday. Would be easy except for the 1540' climb involved.


PT is fine, but it's no substitute for just getting out and getting going again. That's why God gave us Advil.

post #1907 of 10802

Rusty. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Trying to keep my movement around the house down to a minimum and using the crutches and keeping weight of left leg. It does add strain to the right knee. So one week down, five to go.


Regards Stephen

post #1908 of 10802


Pilgrims Progress



I guess mental progress is just as important as physical progress.  The other day, I woke up and my leg felt better than it had in a long time.  It only lasted about half a day before everything tightened up again and got really stiff, but it gave me a glimpse of improvement and a glimmer of hope that maybe I CAN come out the other side of this whole episode and get my life back.  I'm scared that my ROM is 35-40* after almost 2 months, but after the tendon tore again during MUA, all of us involved, OS, PT and Self are being very conservative this time.  The OS wants a full 8 weeks of healing before we start to press it.  I have the Breg brace set to 30* and can click it easily.  I see the OS on July 6 and hopefully he will say ditch the brace and start stretching all the gear to get it back into shape.


I envy you guys who are touching your butt already.  I double envy you guys who are walking 3-5 miles, or even RUNNING for crying out loud.  I guess, really, I'm doing about the same because inevitably, the two items I want at Costco, Walmart or Home Depot are located in opposite corners of the store along the back wall.  I refuse to use the little electric carts, however, if I were to find one parked along the back wall, I might be sorely tempted!  


Some things I can't complain about.  I was able to shower right away.  I could drive after 2 weeks.  I don't even know where my crutches are.  But, I would love to make a complete revolution on a stationary bike.  I would love to see my twig of a leg start to beef up.  My recent at home therapy has consisted of spreading a truckload of pea gravel over uneven ground - one bucketful at at time, very, very carefully.  It really makes my leg work like a leg.  It gets stiff, but it's a good stiff, not an artificial stiff.   Hopefully, the OS will approve a return to the machines after my next check up.  Right now, we do e-stim, ultrasound and massage.  It all helps and my leg has stopped the horrible spasms that turned everything to iron.  We have a heated water facility with two underwater treadmills.  I want to start using these this month especially because of all the positive feedback I've seen on this forum.


Acceptance is also a big part of recovery.  The other day, I actually measured my incision scar.  It was 7 inches; NOT the 10-12 inches I estimated in a previous post.   So now everybody knows my BS factor.  I am only 7/12 as miserable as I make out to be in these posts!  


Thanks to everybody for posting here.  It helps to know that each and every one of these injuries is different and takes a different path to healing.  It takes away some of the fear that, long term, I might be left with restrictions that would deny my the mobility to get back to hiking some of the most beautiful, exotic countryside that is sitting right here at my doorstep.  Good luck to all of us.



post #1909 of 10802

I came across this forum a few weeks ago and have found it to be the single best resource there is for this injury. I'm grateful for all of you that have contributed. I've been lurking and didn't think my experience offered anything new to the discussion, but...

My timeline
April 24 -- I wish I had a glamorous story about how I tore my tendon, but it was a Saturday night and we had just run the dishwasher, which for some reason leaked all over the floor. I slipped on the wet tile with my left leg and jammed my right leg, attempting to recover. At least I think that's what happened. I went from standing to being on the floor really, really quickly. I grew up on ice and snow, but I've never fell so fast or hard before. At any rate, I suddenly found my 50-year-old body on the floor with a knee that no longer worked.

At the emergency room, the doc thought it might be a displaced patella, put my leg in an immobilizer brace and sent me home wih the instruction to see an orthopedic surgeon if it wasn't feeling better by the middle of the week.

April 28 -- Obviously, it wasn't better by the middle of the week. I saw a surgeon who sent me for an MRI to confirm what he suspected from the gap above my kneecap -- that I had torn my right quad tendon. The MRI did show just that, I had a 100% tear.

May 4 -- I had surgery, drilling the holes in the kneecap, much pain for a day, pretty much what everyone else has experienced.

May 7 -- Saw the surgeon for the first follow up. He put me in an adjustable brace and set it at 30 degrees.

4 Week Follow up -- He had me adjust the brace to 45 degrees and told me to add 15 degrees every ten days. When I asked about physical therapy, he said it was way too soon, the tendon needed to heal.

Late in the fifth week, I stopped using the brace around the house because I felt stable and had decent range of motion. I haven't really used the brace since.

Tuesday, I saw him for the 8 week follow up. He had me do a leg lift, had me walk a few steps back and forth across the exam room and told me that unless I had problems, I didn't need to come back. He turned to leave the room and I stopped him to ask about physical therapy. He said that I had full range of motion and that all therapy would do would be to strengthen the muscle and I could do that on my own.

At the time, I wasn't really thinking beyond, "Wow! I'm cured!" But of course I'm not really all better and now I'm wondering how I'm going to do this on my own. I do have decent range of motion, over 90 degrees, but I have no way to measure exactly what it is. It's certainly not "full range of motion." I can walk fairly well, and I've been working on my exercise bike, which I've been able to turn complete revolutions for about a week, but my leg is still very weak. I can't climb stairs. I still have those scary moments where the knee feels unstable and I'm afraid it's going to buckle. I know it's going to be a long time before I'm back to normal.

So, I guess my question is, has anyone else been turned loose without physical therapy? Am I going to be okay rehabbing on my own? I don't really know where to begin beyond the exercise bike.

post #1910 of 10802



Your OS seems to be letting you go at your own pace but if you know your own body then you should be fine. I kept telling my OS that I would do my own rehab so at 6 weeks he let me start bending and told me to bend further each week. Started at 20, then 30, 45 etc. At 8 weeks i was already at over 60. I basically was bending to the point of it being uncomfortable and holding it for a little while. My ROM came back quicker than the schedule. Once you can make a full revolution on the bike you start with low resistance and increase time and resistance as you can. I didn't have any problems pushing the leg at all but I avoided any "impact" on the leg until after 4 months. Most of my other "rehab" was walking a lot at work and doing a lot of stairs at work. I would slowly go up and down the stairs making sure I worked the muscle. I would make sure I was sore one day, then take it easy the next. Same as if you were working out anything else at the gym.


After 4 months the tendon should be fully healed and then you can push even further. That's when I started some light jogging and kept working at it.


My mindset the whole time (after 8 weeks anyway) was that if it wasn't sore I wasn't doing my rehab correctly. Of course be careful but don't be afraid of a little pain, it's part of the process.


At 6 months I have now run a 5k and the leg doesn't hold me back from doing much. I still work it on the stairs all the time and whenever I get the chance to push it I do. The leg is probably 80% strength and size of the other. From what I hear it will be a year from surgery befoe it's close to 100%.


RedRocks - The mental part of this injury is almost as bad as the physical part. For a while you will wonder if you'll ever get back to normal. If you'll ever look down a flight of stairs and not stop and pause first. But as you get better you start to appreciate the little things that you take advantage of when you have 2 healthy legs. And then after a while it slowly fades to a background nuisance instead of the limiting factor in your life. Use your rehab to get yourself even better than before. I know I've lost weight and I'm in better shape than before and in some ways (as sick as it might seem) I think the injury was a good thing in my life. Always remember - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!


Keep working at it everybody!




post #1911 of 10802

I had a standard answer for "How did you hurt your knee?" "I told everybody I tore the tendon 'fighting over a lady's honor. She wanted to keep it...'"


That's a lot more interesting than "Taking the garbage out."


Speaking of the fair sex, there seem to be none here. I've asked both my OS if they had even seen a woman with a ruptured quad and neither had. They run. They jump. They ski but they don't seem to rupture quads. There seems to be a predominance of older guys with lots of miles on the tendons, and the number of us with doubles suggests those of you on your first are going to be at higher risk down the road.


And since the precipitating factor seems to usually seems to be the accidental slip and try to catch yourself there is probably nothing we can do to avoid another one. You can't strengthen a tendon with PT, strengthening the quad would just increase the pull on the tendon, and none of us are going to stop physical activities. Don't throw that brace away.

post #1912 of 10802

Hi Rob,


How did your 2nd PT go?  Did you get the electric stimulation?  I go to the OS next Friday, and he said I would probably be able to stop using the brace.  It will be exactly 6 weeks since the fall.

Sounds like you are pretty brave, walking on flat ground without the crutches!!  At this time, I cannot see myself walking without crutches or brace.  I've read horror stories on these pages of reinjuries, and can't imagine starting over again!  Cdavant3 writes that after having one tendon rupture, we are at a higher risk of it happening the 2nd time.  I think I will try to be more careful of falling.  This type of injury is a real game-changer.

It's nice to hear that you got back on your boat with your family. I'm sure that getting back to a more normal life really helps to lift your spirit.  There are so many little things you simply take for granted, till something like this hits you.  I can't wait till I can drive again.

I wonder how long it takes till the knee is not swollen?  If I stand for any length of time, the bad leg gets to be a little different color than the good one, and the knee looks a bit purple.  Then I go to the couch and elevate it.  I read that a lot of guys get an exercise bike, I wonder if that would be a good investment.

I had not realized it till cdavant3 mentioned it, but there are no ladies on this blog who have had quad tendon ruptures!

Bill, thanks for the words of encouragement!

Everyone:  Stay strong and keep the rehab going, Tim


post #1913 of 10802

FAO Kenton Berg and any others.


Hello there and sorry to learn of your injury, its not very nice and you have my sympathy. Regarding your issue with the stitches, could this be the internal suture wire? If so, I experience a similar thing. I am now 13 months post op on my left QTR and I have to say that everything has gone well with the exception of my commitment to fitness training. As my job requires a lot of driving, I find that I experience a dull ache which gets worse with time. The end of the suture wire is in my lower patellar. I can massage this whilst driving and it does ease off slightly, but then it comes back with a vengance. I find that I maybe have to stop every hour and exercise the bad leg in a cyclic motion in order to remove the pain. The significant thing is that the pain seems to start from where the suture wire ends.


Anyway a few months back, I was in a car crash (not too serious) and my left knee took a bit of a whack where it hit the steering column. I got the knee checked out by my surgeon but there was no mechanical damage. I asked him about having the suture wire removed and he said it should dissolve in the next few months yet here I am still experiencing this pain and the nobbly bit on my knee (where the suture wire is) is still clearly visible. If this is a similar thing to what you experience, then my only advice is to  keep it moving. I also get this discomfort when sat on the couch for any length of time, so the only thing to do is get up and walk about.


Sorry I cant be of more help. If anyone has had the suture wire surgically removed, I would be interested to know what the benefits really are or does it just take a lot longer to dissolve than what I'm told? Since my car incident, I experience a cracking and popping sensation same  as what I did only 2/3 months after surgery. Although there is no mechanical damage, does anyone know if this impact could have caused scar tissue damage or any other sort of damage?


I havent replied on this thread for some time now but have still kept up reading the entries and maintain my interest, so good luck to all of you in recovery.





post #1914 of 10802


Went to my second and third PT last week.  No electro stim, but lots more work.  They had me laying on my stomach and a rope around the foot and pulling the leg towards me to start.  I was told the key was to elongate the quad muscle to regain full ROM.  I did many exercises including mini squats, weighted extensions, curls, and various weighted leg lifts!  My leg was worn out at the end.  I also started doing "step ups" on a short step to regain my ability to go up steps.  I have also been forcing my self up the steps at my house by holding on to the rail and concentrating really hard.  Everything has progressed much quicker than I had thought originally, much of which I credit to my seven year old praying every night for God to heal my leg quickly! :)  Needless to say, he misses playing with Dad.  On Saturday, I experienced a lot of sharp pains in the knee throughout the day while working on remodeling the kitchen.  I think I may have overdone it, hopefully no permanent damage!  Tim, I think you will be surprised that you will be able to walk without the brace.  I would only take it to the point you feel comfortable, however.  Anytime I feel timid, I back off.  As far as re-injury, I have to believe that my quad was hanging on a thread of a tendon when I ruptured it.  I don't believe I took out a completely healthy tendon by missing one step, since I have trained doing plyometrics and martial arts for years and have jumped and landed on that same knee at greater heights than the step I missed.  I had experienced pain and weakness in the knee for well over a year and I believe it was partially torn already.  So my hope is that the newly repaired knee will come back stronger than it was previously.  We will see, but I remain optomistic.  Good luck on Friday getting the brace off and keep a positive attitude!


post #1915 of 10802

Yup, Women get this injury too. The day before Thanksgiving in 2008 I was running down the stairs to take a pie out of the oven and slipped an fell with my leg up under me. I had to wait almost a month for my surgery due to the holidays and a prolonged power outage from an ice storm here in MASS. Had surgery 3 days before Christmas. I was 61 when all that happened and never was athletic. My recovery has been long and extremely slow. The OS said the injury couldn't have been any worse and I would be lucky to resume my normal activities. Because of the long wait for surgery I probably will never get full function back. I figure I'm at about 85%. The one thing that still is a problem for me is going down the stairs. Up is no problem but going down backwards is much easier for me.

I've learned many lessons from this time of trial. Grateful for a terrific husband and have found that I have a stronger will than I ever thought I had. I have also learned to be more patient with myself.

Good luck to all on their road to recovery.

post #1916 of 10802

As I've said before, my only concern at this point is that I still have a 20 deg extension lag, 20 wks. out of surgery, after 2  mos. of PT.  No pain, great flexion.  I'm able to do stairs, moderate hiking, and I try to bike 20 to 30 mi. daily.  But I'm still too unsteady to run, and the quad. is still visibly weaker that the good leg.  I'm told that I have a 50:50 chance of ever regaining full knee extension.

I'm wondering if there is some sort of knee brace one can wear skiing to protect the knee from reinjury.



post #1917 of 10802
Hey guys and girls, SORRY to find you here to those new members of QTR club and Hi again to those that have been (some more than once ...Idaho Guy...you're sound like you're doing well!!!!) Haven't posted for some time but it is now 10 months down the line since I had a full rupture plus a dislocation of the knee. I have been fortunate to regain full ROM..generally overall strength is down a bit that prior but I am able to race reasonably well on a mountain bike....so there is light at the end of the tunnel of rehabilitation...completed 150 kms yesterday.The knee was bitchy and sore at the end but I guess that's okay considering the injury. The scar tissue inside the knee is more of a hassle than the actual tendon! Although I am an impatient type of guy when it comes to returning to fitness I have to admit that in hind sight not pushing limits too much at the start of rehab is far more beneficial overall long term.If it takes a couple of weeks or a month or more to get to the required ROM objectives don't sweat....stressing your tendon gently and evenly with time is much better that pushing too hard and possibly damaging the new healing tissue...SO PATIENCE!!!!..such a hard lesson when you are jumping out of your skin with frustration/pain etc.. So ...lots of encouragement to every one tracing the steps of rehabilitation.Patience , strength and most of all ..belief that you will be back to doing what you used to..maybe not always quite as well as you would like but look at the journey from where you have come and then you must appreciate the recovery that you have achieved!! Good luck! Spinner
post #1918 of 10802

Breg makes a lot of different knee braces that should offer some support. That being said, the only study I have seen found little benefit from any type of brace in preventing re-injury. My Cho-Pat does give me a feeling of some security and definately adds to my comfort.


Today was 18 weeks out--I walked 7 miles and Thursday night I hope to shamble 5 miles up hill in the 16th running of the Bear race. My goal is not to finish last. Since they've limited it to 800 runners and it was filled by May 1st I fear only the lean, hungry crowd I used to run with have gotten a slot.


This being my second QTR, I know how things come back. 5 years does make a difference and the discomfort factor has increased but is tolerable. Wish me luck.

post #1919 of 10802

cdavant3 & others,

Sorry you had another quad rupture. 


Keep looking on this list and you will see there are some females, me included, that got this wonderful injury.  My doctor also quoted the facts that this injury was very rare and mostly happens to males over 45.  A year later, my ortho doctor still had not seen anyone, male or female with a quad rupture (and he is ortho doctor for a local college football team and other athletic teams in the area).


An easy way to look up my posts or any single persons post is to click on their name and then click "all posts" and then you can catch up on individuals here.

My injury was end of May 2008, surgery the following week.  You can read my old posts.  Quad muscle tore in half about an inch or two above knee. Over a year of therapy and I'm glad I can walk fast and normal and do stairs without a problem.  However, I don't run. Stationary bike or regular bike, fast walking, treadmill on an incline walking, and weights and stair stepping work for me. 


I am not interested in a re-injury and surgery again.  I am thankful that I can walk normally and go up and down stairs without a problem.  Unless one saw the scar, they would have no idea I had an injury.  It took a lot of work and a lot of patience.  I tested in January 2009 on a Biodex machine and my injured leg was within 90% strength of the other leg so I'm happy with that.


As far as what I can or can't do, my doctor said to evaluate if the risk was worth it to me.  He advised that I don't run or jog on the streets because it is tooeasy to slip on something, catch your foot in a hole, etc, but he strongly recommended treadmill incline fast walking because you don't have to worry about tripping on any debris, etc, and you can hold onto the rails if you need to.


Good luck to all new people and keep the faith and have patience because it will pay off.



post #1920 of 10802

Ten weeks since the QTR. Time is flying as usual. Seven trips to PT. Today they got me to 65*. I can sense small differences every day.  I have been up and moving a lot and the knee, lower leg has been swelling so it's the easy chair and ice every evening. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. I checked the air in the tires of my mountain bike. Thanks everyone for all the info/updates. Dave.

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