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post #2011 of 10802

Question for the cyclists in this "select" club. I'm 10 weeks post op, from a partial QTR that was repaired with one anchor...no patella tunnels.  At six weeks the OD said I could ditch the brace, and have been walking a mile or two most days since then. 


At my nine week visit the OD said I could resume road riding, easy pace, flat, and no climbing.  So, I have been riding every other day for 60 to 90 minutes...and now, every now and then...during the day, and sometimes when riding I feel a sllight tingle in my middle 3 toes of my injured leg...not pain...and it just last for a few seconds or a minute or two.


Anybody has the tingle in the toes?


Am I just overdoing the DIY PT...my OD is anti-PT and still won't prescribe PT

post #2012 of 10802

Hi to all. Unlike you all I am a 79 yr old woman who tore the quad tendon at the beach--Arrived dangling seaweed  to the hospital.. Had surgery and am in a full leg brace for at least 8 weeks.

I am able to walk with a cane now but the brace is horrible--my ankle  is SORE with irritation from the brace which will not stay up for more than 30 ".

I think the Bledso Brace was made for football players (Drew ?)..... any suggestions ?

post #2013 of 10802

Hi Merlin55 -

Your injury and therapy were different than mine (I had a full rupture and the tunnels through the patella), but it seems like you're back on the road bike at about the same time I was.   My OS also told me not to do any climbing where I had to stand on the pedal until I was about 16 weeks post-op and by 6 months I was back doing centuries.   I didn't have tingling in my toes, but did have assorted other aches and pains.  For whatever its worth - here is my impression:


Once you have the injury and during your recovery your body does some crazy things to compensate.   Some of your muscles weaken to the point of atrophy, you lose your ability to balance, your gait changes and you start to overcompensate.  One of the goals for PT is correcting all of these ancillary problems so that you regain normal balance, posture and movement.   There are a lot of reasons that even a "normal" road bike rider will get tingling in their toes or have other problems related to assymetry of their body, fit of the bicycle, riding position, foot position, cleat position, shoe fit, etc., etc., etc.  At 10 weeks post-op, especially without PT, you may be feeling the impact of a change in your riding position or just the way you move your legs.


What can you do?  If it really only happens rarely, doesn't cause you pain and goes away quickly -- you can hang with it and see if it doesn't resolve itself as you get stronger and your body gets back to normal.  If it continues to bother you, but doesn't get worse you can go infor a bike fit and/or shoe-pedal-cleat fit -- make sure you go to a shop that really knows what they are doing.  Obviously if you feel any pain, have swelling, redness, etc.  you need to get back to your OS.   Good luck!


IDG - Thanks for the great response to my question!


All - best wishes on your paths to recovery. 

post #2014 of 10802
Thread Starter 

Hi all:


Auscoach:  4 mos. after my 1st QTR repair in 2008, my PT was having me jump off a bosu ball onto a concrete floor.  On about the third jump, I felt a "pop" and went to the floor.  After that, the speed of my progress slowed remarkably and really, essentially came to a standstill until, while skiing one day in Feb. 2010, the rest of the quad blew out.  I'd say that if you are a little more cautious than I was, you are unlikely to have another QTR on the same leg (at least that is what my OS said - and I have been religiously following his very conservative regimen this time around).


Meg 1949:  Very sorry for your injury, but welcome - you'll find all sorts of info here from your fellow QTR-sufferers.   As to your brace issue, wear it over your clothes to help it stay up, but also see if you can find a piece of the same material from which the brace is made (maybe with a little piece of velcro on it) to wrap around your leg just above your ankle before putting the brace on.  I found that if I did this, the material would help keep my brace up most of the day.  Good luck - hang in there!


Went for a 40 mile ride this weekend, and averaged 17 mph over quite a few "rollers."  The fastest, hardest ride I've done in almost three years.  What was really cool, though was that I could stand up in the saddle at will and sprint up the hills without feeling like the QTR leg was going to collapse!  Very exciting to feel like a "real" cyclist again!


Take care all - be thankful for what you have - it still counts for a lot!



post #2015 of 10802

Meg 1949:  Very sorry for your injury, but welcome - you'll find all sorts of info here from your fellow QTR-sufferers.   As to your brace issue, wear it over your clothes to help it stay up, but also see if you can find a piece of the same material from which the brace is made (maybe with a little piece of velcro on it) to wrap around your leg just above your ankle before putting the brace on


Fabric backed foam is the stuff you want to buy, try an auto or furniture upholstery shop...the stuff they sold me was meant to be used for car headliners....the fabric sticks to the velcro

post #2016 of 10802



My OS had me in a leg immobilizer which allowed me to tighten it as much as I needed. I had ace bandages under it which seemed to keep it in place. They have these immobilizers in all sizes so perhaps you could request something that is more your size.  good luck.  It is a long haul but it does heal. As the post above says, read through this blog and you will get a lot of good information. 

post #2017 of 10802

Thanks for your suggestion re the ankle---will try them all....meg1949

I will try the ace bandage today   also have tried various paddings with little sucess.  10/5 is when the brace comes off- can't wait.

I had a tibial plateau fx followed by a total knee about  13 yrs ago and had a great recovery... Guess the age difference affects the recovery.

This board is very interesting  will keep reading.. Thanks again.

post #2018 of 10802

Week 13


ROM is to all intents and purposes now the same as other leg.

OT is now no longer a test of how far you can push pain tolerance,. Its just plain hard work!

I can walk well for short distances (1 KM)  until the leg tires and then I start limping. Riding a bike is fine just don't try and go up a steep hill. Stairs remain a challenge, my leg has insufficient strength in it yet, but the bio mechanics of assent & decent are sorted out. I am very mindfull of the experience of others (IDG)  in this forum and I avoid bounding or plyos or anything that is going to explosively load the muscle. I also found out in surgical follow up that the medial/lateral ligaments were reconstructed as well.


I think I mentioned previously that my OT has a very devious and inventive mind and she uses resistance bands in various combinations to stretch and strengthen the leg and whole of body ( I believe it Pilate's based). Its like using a leg press machine in effect and is really starting to increase muscle bulk and joint stability across the whole body.  Her strategy of easy exercises but with long sets and reps is really very effective. There is a military officer in this blog who was back to full strength in 7 months and I think it is a great bench mark. I think he has set the standard so that's going to be my goal!  


Reading other peoples experiences gives me hope that there is an end to this and to those starting out on this journey -  keep strong, keep fighting, you will get better!

post #2019 of 10802



Sounds like good progress!  Congrats.  I'm interested in what you are doing with the bands to strengthen your legs.  I have some bands and have started using them to help maintain leg strength in all my other muscles but I'm still in locked out braces when standing and walking since I have BQTR and have only started working on ROM.  But, looking forward to when I get to start working on strength.


post #2020 of 10802

IDG, as you've heard so many times already, thanks for starting this posting.  I've read through all 2000+ threads and found this posting to be the single best source of information on this injury. 


My story...playing basketball with the troops at 0600 on 8 Sep, get the bball passed into me and move towards the basket.  One of my troops jumps in front of me and kicks me square in the left knee bending it backwards and dropping me like a rock.  Never heard any tearing, just a lot of pain as I hit the ground.  Hobble to the bench and get ice on it but know it isn't good. Shower and hobble to the clinic on base and the doc takes an x-ray. See's nothing broken so sends me on my way with orders to check back in two weeks.  Can't extend or really flex the leg so go back the next day to get a brace.  Another doc looks at it and refers me to an ortho-specialist off base the following day.  Specialist looks at it and does an ultrasound and tells me it is a QTR.  Get an MRI the following day and meet back with an ortho-surgeon on Monday and OS confirms the QTR damage (says radiologist calls it a moderate to severe rupture based on MRI) and need for surgery. Went into surgery on 15 Sep and have been recovering since.  Ditched the pain meds and crutches after day two.  Have been walking w/brace and doing my own homegrown PT based on posts in this forum since day 2 post-op.  Staples were removed 22 Sep in a post-op follow up with my OS.  He gave me a copy of the surgery report and said there were only a few strands of the tendon attached to knee cap.  He drilled three holes in the knee cap to stitch the tendon back on.  As I walked into the clinic without crutches, he knew I wasn't going to be a good patient so he scheduled PT twice a week starting next week for 3 months.  Goal for now is to get 30 ROM first 2 weeks post-op, 60 next two weeks and then 90 by the 6 week point. 


Like most on this post I am an active person.  Ski, run, bike, and play/participate in a wide variety of sports.  This happened a day before my 46th bday so It seems I fit into the age range of folks experiencing this injury.  My goal like all of those participating in this post is to learn from our shared experiences and get better as soon as possible. These posts and the support of this group provide the motivation to do just that. 

Cheers, bh


post #2021 of 10802

Hey Merlin55,


Glad to hear that you're back on the bike. I think you're doing it about 2 weeks ahead of where I was.


Anyway, one thought to follow up on Wanasail's post is that, in addition to all of the expected and ancillary weaknesses surrounding this injury when your quads turn into jelly after 2-3 months in the brace, you might end up with some body geometry changes. The position of my left patella shifted by about 1 inch post-surgery, and this shift was definitely a component that went into the need to make a series of small geometry changes on my bike fit to compensate. In addition, I feel like I lost a little bit of flexibility in my lower back on my right (non-surgery) side in the recovery process. That also had an affect when I started riding harder this year. My seat is a couple mm lower than what it was pre-injury.


Best wishes. GK

post #2022 of 10802

Garland, thanks for the reply.  I've got in about 10 rides so far, started at first with 15 miles of slow mph, but spinning, and did 30 miles of easy tempo yesterday on Sat and 25 easy tempo on Sun.  The first rides resulted in patella tendon pain the following day, so I alternated riding one day, walking the next.  Seems like a Catch 22 problem, weak muscles cause patella tendon pain, solution is excercise....but excercise causes pain.  Seems like the VMO and VLO are getting stronger now, so the post ride pain is much less.


In the typical roadie fashion I'm playing Mr Science with my new toy goinmeter and have raised my seat height about 6 mm...based on leg angles at the bottom and top of my stroke.  In theory the higher seat height will reduce patella shear loading.


Next OD visit is at 16 weeks post op, I hope he will prescribe PT, as stairs are clearly still a issue...maybe some light leg weights are needed.


I had only a partial tear of the rectus femoris tendon, so the patella stayed in the correct location, however the knee looks slightly puffy by comparsion.


OK the moral is that the first few week after a QTR and surgery are really hard, the next month is a little better, and by 3 months you can see improvements in function and mental perspective....so hang in there...

post #2023 of 10802

7 months post-op update...For those of you who haven't read my other posts, I tore my quad. Jan. 12, surgery Jan. 15.  Slipped getting out of ther shower without my brace 3 wks. afterwards, completely re-tearing the first repair (so be careful), repeat surgery Feb. 12.  I've finished 3 months of PT, and can do just about anything...strenous hiking, biking on moderate hills, no problem with stairs (I climb up and down 242 stairs in the tower at the hospital after my shifts, an outstand quad w/o).  But I have a persistent 15-20 deg extension lag, probably because they had to drill new holes in my patella posterior to the original ones due to damage from the 2nd tear.  I'd still like to hear from anyones experience with an extension lag, which is a known complication from this injury.  My plan is to get another MRI before my next OS visit, to see where I stand before ski season (having read about IDG's reinjury after apparently skiing on a thread of quad tendon), and to see if anything can be done after my patella has had time to heal and solidify.






post #2024 of 10802

Hi All


The following makes for interesting reading: http://www.actaorthopaedica.be/acta/download/2002-2/07-de%20baere-barras-.pdf


Extension lag discussed: http://postrehabblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/quadricep-or-extensor-lag-what-is-it.html

Edited by Auscoach - 9/27/10 at 12:56pm
post #2025 of 10802

ER Doc,  What exactly is extension lag?

post #2026 of 10802

Hi All, Been a while since I posted but I've been reading. 21 weeks post op. I've been riding my bike and swimming but the water is getting cold so that's about over. Have not ran yet but am about ready to give it a try. The knee is still somewhat swollen and stiff. I have almost full flexion. No pain to speak of but at times it "catches/clicks" like things aren't settled in. I hope that goes away with time. Things are getting easier and after 8 weeks in a brace it's a blessing to be able to walk and function somewhat normally again. There are times when I forget about my knee. So I take that as a sign I'm getting better. Hang in there everyone.  

post #2027 of 10802

Extension lag means that I can't actively straighten my knee all the way.  Sitting on the floor, it's completely straight, but when I lift my leg, the lower leg sags.  Which really isn't much of a handicap.  I mean, when do you completely straighten your knee when you ski?  But it makes running a bit unsteady.

post #2028 of 10802



Thanks for the explanation. I don't have that problem but at 15 weeks post op some weeks are great and others aren't.  I guess that is how it is.

post #2029 of 10802

Hi All

Seems funny being in a ski forum--being  almost 79--skied once when I was 21 in NH. I am doing very well -8 wks post op from quad tendon tear.The brace stinks . I take it off a lot and stopped wearing in at night. I was done at MGH in Boston by the Chief of Ortho Trauma (lucked out when in went to the ER). He is an arrogant one but being an old OR nurse I can give it back.   He told me to wear the brace locked @  and take it only to 60 when sitting.  Maybe because as you age your tendons thin out and are easily ruptured... Anyway I take no chances as I do not want a repeat.. Can't drive-been stuck here since Aug 10. WIll see him next week and expect to start Out Pt Therapy. I have walked on the leg since I came home with no pain... However I"ll go to NH  this winter and watch them ski from the ground......

post #2030 of 10802



  I too had trouble keeping my leg brace up, the best solution I found was to buy an ankle

weight strap. These are available in sporting goods stores, it is a velcro strap that goes

around your ankle, and sand bag weights are added for added exercise during walking.

You do not need to put in the sand bags, but the strap acts to support the lower part of

the leg brace, preventing it from slipping down.

  Good luck in your rehab.



post #2031 of 10802

Thanks James

I have an ankle wt that I used13 yrs ago when I had a total knee after I  had a tibial plateau fx the yr before ( also due to my being a klutz and falling)

I tried iit out today and it works... only 1 week till i get rid of this brace. 


post #2032 of 10802

Greetings all,


Two weeks post-op today and had my first PT session.  PT bent leg to 30 PROM, did numerous PROM exercises, quad exercises, heal raises and gave me 15 mins worth of electrical stimulation to both the calf and quad muscles. Have another PT session this Friday and she plans to go to 45 PROM and open my brace to 30 ROM. 


She gave me a great take home sheet of home PT exercise to do twice a day that includes PROM flexion, ankle/foot inversion/eversion, ankle/foot ROM dorsiflexion, ankle alphabet, standing bilateral heel raise and quad strengthening exercises. 


Like my OS, she wasn't happy that I came in without the crutches.  But I told her I've been walking without them since day 2 post op which I feel has really helped the leg heal, build stability and get me to where I'm at now.  I've been walking everyday around the lake in our neighborhood and that really has helped me as well.  Not sure if anyone else feels the the same way but this seems to be working for me.   


I know that there are rehab protocols from the very conservative to very liberal and it seems my OS and PT are somewhere in between.  Most people seem to end up with the same results at the six month point. 



post #2033 of 10802

Week 14

I had my last review with the surgeon. ROM in both legs now exceeds original ROM in uninjured leg when tested at initial consult. Extension lag is 0.

Its all just plain hard work now, no more dramatic break through's and achievements that you can celebrate. I walk until I limp, I climb stairs until I limp, I ride bikes until I go lame, I do exercise until I limp or cramp up and then I ice up and rest and then I do it all again. The rest of my body is fitter than it has been for 20 years. But still the quad takes is own sweet time to condition and the research I have read does not paint a great picture for competitive sport recovery. The surgeons parting words were not to do explosive exercise for at least 3 months on the leg, that certainly limits weights and plyometics then doesn't it? I find myself dreaming of running!

It is taking forever and I am totally over it!

post #2034 of 10802

Well, as I sit here contemplating surgery tomorrow, I wonder if there is anyone on here still monitoring this thread?  I have been inspired by some of the posts and some have made me dread this thing even more as it approaches. I am not a skier but stumbled across this thread as I googled our injury. Unfortunately for me, I tore both my QT's at the same time. The left is completely detached and the right is 75% detached. You ask how in the heck did I do this???   I train young athletes on speed, agility and quickness. As I am giving a demo on  how to decelerate from a sprint......POW. I thought that I was hit by a 30-06 sniper shot, as I went down immediately.  A little history for some that might find it interesting. Ten days ago I had a cortisone shot in my right knee and 3 weeks ago I had a shot of Synvisc in the left knee. I have had articular cartilage in both and the pain up until about 3 weeks ago has been centralized to the inner knee and patella. However, the last 3 weeks, I have been having quite a bit of pain, just above the patella where the QT attaches...hmmmmmmm!  I have been icing and taking anti inflammatory for the pain. So, since I do not really believe in coincidences, I have to think that this may have been a deteriorating problem that peaked on this particular run.  I am trying to stay positive and believe that maybe after this surgery, my overall chronic knee pain (10 yrs now) may be alleviated. My surgeon is doing an arthroscopy on both knees before incising and repairing my tendons. Any comments, advice, etc, etc, would be appreciated!



post #2035 of 10802

OK, make no mistake life will be quite tough for the next few weeks or months.  Hopefully you have a one story house or apartment, and some devoted partner or spouse to help.  You will have some pain, you will have to figure out all kinds of thing..like how to lower yourself on to a toilet, how to shower, how to sleep, etc.  Hopefully you can work from home because you are not going to be driving soon.


You will learn and adapt, and eventually you will be told that you can walk without crutches, then with leg braces....hopefully a year from how you will be back in shape and a whole lot smarter.  You are going to have plenty of time on your hands at first, so you can start at the first of this thread and read ALL the posts.  Knowing that other have had BQTRs and how they did it should help.


I hope your surgery goes well, and just try and go with the flow for the next 2 months....at first this is going to be the focus of your so-called life....little by little things WILL GET BETTER

post #2036 of 10802

Merlin - Thanks for the info. I have been reading the posts and am up to page 5!  A lot of encouraging words. Yeah, I know its going to be tough and I am just ready to get the show on the road. Braces are being delivered and it is confirmed I do have an overnight stay in the hospital for pain control!  That's a good thing! I forgot to mention in my original post, I am a 47 y/o mail, which appears to be the range that most of us are in. I will write with updates and continue to read the earlier posts. Hopefully, some of those that have had recent repairs will revisit so I can get their updates and they can view mine as well. Thanks again.



post #2037 of 10802



I suffered my BQTRs exactly 9 weeks ago.  I'm a 56 yo, a very active, competitive cross country skiier, canoer, hiker, etc. I had been having pain when running and hiking downhill just above the patella on both legs for 2-3 years and blew them out slipping on a wet rock. I was lucky it didn't happen the day before hiking!  The tendons were obviouly in bad shape.  I'd had an MRI about 3 weeks earlier and was told there was some damage and to be careful on vacation.  Oh well, so much for that!  Anyway, I'm still in braces walking around with them locked for another 3 weeks and then I can start walking. I can unlock them now when sitting down and have almost 90 degrees ROM.  Started PT 3 weeks ago and so far just working gently on flexibility.  I'm am anxious to get cranking on walking, get in a pool, etc. but I'm sticking with the program.  Next goal is to get in the front seat of the car.


Merlin is right...get ready to figure out how to do things and keep yourself occupied.  I had a hospital bed in the living room for several weeks so I could transfer from bed to wheelchair easily, and get on the couch,  had to get a walker, etc.  I didn't go to work since I normally take public transit and also you won't be able to drive.  Fortunately I have a local regional office and my wife or daughter can get me there so I'm back to work, which helps the mental state enormously.  Find what you can do to keep occupied.  I read a ton, organized cupboards, did work on my laptop, etc.   I get outdoors every chance I can and push my wheelchair around every day for exercise.  I'm sticking with the surgeon's program on healing up because I am not going through this again!  Most people on this forum had one leg go and had a good leg to stand on.  You won't so at all costs protect the injury!  I do a bunch of leg exercises to keep other muscles from atropying as much as the quads.  Set small goals for yourself.  For me, getting back in my own bed, being able to negotiate a couple stairs so I could get on my deck, etc.  Get ready for a long haul.  There just is no other way.  I think coming back from open heart surgery is faster!


Good luck and protect that injury!   

post #2038 of 10802



Thanks for the info. Prior to the injury it sounds like we were going through the same things. (Pain at the top of the patella)  I refuse to believe that there was no degeneration prior to the rupture and feel its been coming for awhile. I did not have anyone to warn me, but it probably wouldn't have mattered anyway. Its gonna be tough. I too am/was very active. I am a Sports Performance trainer and workout myself between 5-6 times a week so its definitely gonna be challenging. How is your PT going?  I have had an arthroscopy on the left knee already and went through some mild PT pain but I know nothing like this is gonna be. I did fracture my pelvis and severed my tensor fascia latae previously and suspect the pain associated with this will be similar. My braces were delivered a few hours ago and I have been wearing both now to try to get use to them to avoid the "shock" of being leg locked post op. Please keep me informed on your PT progress and I'll do the same. Take care of yourself and go easy!!


Happy healing!



post #2039 of 10802

Hi everybody!  I quite happily came upon this site while researching my impending surgery last week.  In fact, I was pretty freaked out when I first read, and didn't return until yesterday, my first day home from the hospital.  I've since read thru 20 pages of entries.  I'm so glad to find this, and to learn from, and share of, experiences.  Here's my story...


My name is Steve.  I live in central Illinois.  In addition to my regular job at a small computer retailer and a weekend job playing keyboards in a band, I'm also a photographer for a weekly newspaper.  On Sunday, September 26th, I was taking pictures at a youth football league at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  They play on an astroturf field surrounded by a grass "bowl"...very nice setup.  I walked, via sidewalk, to the press box/concession stand at the top of the bowl.  I got interrupted several times by parents, and noticed the game was getting ready to start back up.  So, with a 7 lb camera strapped to my shoulder, and a gatorade in each hand, I decided to descend the grass hill.  This was a big, BIG mistake.  Halfway down the hill my feet went out from underneath me.  My right leg landed okay, but my left decided to land underneath of my butt.  I heard the "POW" and instantly knew I was in trouble.  I ended up sitting on my rear, halfway down the hill, not going anywhere.  There was not a lot of pain, but my knee quickly grew freakishly large.  Campus security, an off-duty EMT and a nurse were quickly by my side.  My ankle was starting to throb, and my wife and daughter arrived in our car.  I kept insisting that if I could just be properly supported, I could get to the field and she could drive me to the ER.  The EMT said "Steve, have you LOOKED at your leg?  You're not going anywhere!".  I looked again, and he was right.  I made the mistake of going down the far end of the field, so they had to halt play for about half an hour while they got an ambulance on the field (first time ever for that), got me on a backboard, off the hill and into an ambulance.  Still not a lot of pain, a LOT of stiffness and swelling.  Two of the college coaches who were there watching had me give a thumbs up, and I got a big cheer.  Totally embarrassing!  Made it to ER, and then a set of x-rays.  Turns out I had a hairline fractue of a bone in my ankle, and it was apparent my knee was messed up.  They scheduled me for a trip to an OS the next morning for an MRI.  They put me in a splint, which means I had to back into our Equinox just to make it home.  OS came in the next afternoon, took a look and said no MRI was necessary...I had ruptured my quad.  Surgery was scheduled for this past Friday.  I asked if we could get rid of the splint (toes to waist) and he said "well, you can't hurt your knee anymore than you already have, but YOU MUST NOT PUT WEIGHT ON IT".  His assistant then cut the splint off to just above the knee.  Ah...relief.  I was also able to drive.  In fact, I drove to Chicago on Thursday night, played a big gig, then drove home at 1am. I had my surgery at 5:00 that afternoon.  I was fitted with a velcro immobilizer, drugged and made comfortable.  I was released yesterday (Monday, 10/4).  So I'm on day 4 after surgery.  I had a total tear.    I live in a four-story house, and am stuck on the first.  I sleep on our couch.  I'm able to get to the bathroom, and will try for a shower tomorrow morning...wish me luck.  I'm then going to drive into town (live in the country) and work for a few hours.  I'll try to build it up over the weekend.  I had to miss the 2nd gig of my 30 year career on Saturday...the other was when my youngest suffered an epilpetic seizure.  I have GREAT band mates and co-workers.  I also have an angel of a wife...it's unbelieveable the way she cares for me without complaint.  I intend to pay her back in spades somehow, someway.  I get my stitches out on the 14th...8 days.  I'll be in the immobilizer for six weeks total, so, another month to go.  I believe we'll start the PT after that.  I had a total tear...he called it a "clean rip".  My son is a Marine currently in Afghanistan, and I intend to be walking unaided when he gets home in early December.  That will be my motivation.  I plan on being on here often and sharing my experience and learning from all yours.  I'm so grateful for this site, and I wish all of you nothing but the best and the quickest of recoveries.


God Bless,

 - Steve

post #2040 of 10802

Have not posted in a while, but I have read ALL posts. Am in awe of some of the recoveries, particularly "sinrider" and "clumsy hiker", but I think we all have to balance our own level of aggressiveness, for me it's the fear of re-rupture, when I already face a minimum 5 month absence from my firefighting career, going back to square 1 would be tough...


Just hit my 6 week post surgery point this week from complete QTR. Have been weight bearing with zero extension since day 2, and have achieved about 60 degrees flexion. Doctor was going to let me start walking with the tracker brace set at my 60 degree level, but backed off because my quad muscle is particularly weak and he is concerned about it not supporting me when I need it, so wants me walking with 30 degrees for now.  Will now start PT with a clear mission- get those quads strengthened, and increase the flexion to hopefully get on a stationary bike. I have heard on this post that "good things start to happen after 6 weeks", and I look forward to that! I am excited to finally be at the stage where I can work at rehabilitating this leg, instead of just watching it heal.

Doc thinks it will be a minimum of 3 months before I ride a fire truck (ouch). That puts me off until into the new year- I've decided to make it my goal to knock a month off his prediction and be back by early december.


Stevie D- Your accident was exactly the same as mine- I slipped on a grassy slope that was a bit wet, with my right leg getting trapped behind my butt... You're not too far behind me time-wise, you will be right where you want to be when your brave son returns



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