I would like to tell my story. I found this forum while sitting and looking for information on my injury. This forum has been such a help to me in understanding what is happening that I believe it would be wrong for me not to share back.
September 23rd, I was playing basketball with my brothers and my father. We have been playing together for 30 years. I am a 39 year old man, 6’1” 265 pounds. My father is 65 and still plays twice a week. He is a physical phenomenon. Anyway, I caught a pass and went to make a move to the basket when I went down-hard. I don’t know if the injury caused me to fall or if the fall caused the injury although I do recall driving my knee into the ground. Instantly, I knew something was wrong. I was dazed but forced my leg out straight. I don’t even recall how I made that happen but instantly the pain was gone. But as I looked at my left knee, I could see a large absence of something just above my kneecap. The skin was there but whatever was supposed to be under the skin was gone. I then noticed the muscles had rolled up into my upper thigh. I would later learn that is where my tendon was supposed to be. I went to the hospital by car and sat in the backseat with my leg locked out straight. I could not bend my knee at all or I would immediately feel a strange cramping which was a clear indication something was really wrong. The emergency room doctor diagnosed my injury as a torn quadriceps tendon. He informed me that it could be 6 months before I could run or jump again. Honestly, I was praying I would just be able to walk. I was that afraid of what I was feeling at that time. Six days later (September 29th), I had surgery to repair the tendon. It has been exactly 5 weeks since the surgery, 6 weeks since the injury. Initially, I was given a brace that kept my leg locked out straight. Two weeks after that, I was given a new brace that allowed 30 degrees ROM and then a couple weeks ago, I was allowed to move it to 60 degrees ROM. On 11/11, I believe it will be moved up to 90 degrees. I’ll keep you posted.