or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Injury, and Recovery › Quadriceps Tendon Rupture, Repair and Rehab
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Quadriceps Tendon Rupture, Repair and Rehab - Page 73

post #2161 of 10798



You will be fine without the brace as long as you don't do anything stupid or have something extremely unusual happen.  The exercise you do that hurts, is it like a leg extension or are you lifting a straight leg while seated more like a leg lift?  I had kneecap pain that I described as feeling like it wasn't "tracking" right.  When I'd bend my leg as far as I could, when I'd work to straighten it out, my kneecap felt like it had a catch until I got past a certain point.  I think I've figured it out in that my quad wasn't strong enough and my patella tendon was pulling it in a way the leg couldn't compensate.  Now that my quads are getting stronger, it doesn't hurt at all.  Not sure if that's what you are going through with your kneecap.


I am doing pretty well with stairs actually.  It was obviously easier to manage the stairs if I led with the strong leg on the way up and the repaired leg on the way down but if you are talking about alternating like a "normal" person, I think it has both to do with leg strength and ROM.  Practice will definitely help but I think the exercise that helped me most is the one where I would sit on a stool or in a chair with rollers on the bottom and would pull myself about 8 feet using only the heel of my injured leg and then when I'd get to the end, I'd have to use the injured leg to push back to the starting point.  The PT would have me do that for 5 minutes and it seemed to help with both strength and ROM.  Most people doing it that have knee injuries were doing it with both legs and going ridiculously slow.  I'd try to do it as many times as I could and was sweating like a mofo.  My best was to go up and back 38 times in 5 minutes and that's when the PT had me go to single leg.  He doesn't even have me doing that exercise at all any more and I'm doing step up and step downs which will ultimately help the most and I wouldn't recommend until you have some strength starting to build up because they are both very demanding exercises.  These started with holding the handrail on the leveled out treadmill and using only the bad leg to step up.  The trick is to have the good leg as close to the step as you can and lift your toe off of the ground on a straight good leg.  This makes your repaired quad do all of the lifting and it's pretty brutal.  I try to explode up (more like a weak firecracker) and gradually step down and it's more like a controlled fall.  The step downs are crazy difficult.  While standing on the treadmill's edge, I lift the toe of the good leg and try to lower that leg so that my heel touches the ground and immediately go back up.  My leg shakes like a jackhammer.  My PT told me not to do anything that hurts and I said that it's just weak but didn't hurt at all.  He said it was hurting him to watch me and he walked off while I kept doing them.  Both of these exercises have continued to make stairs more easy, but again, I'd ask the PT about them before doing them.

post #2162 of 10798

The painful sensation comes when I am seated with my feet on the floor, knees bent at 90 degrees and I lift my injured leg straight out-parallel to the floor.  I feel a tugging, painful sensation at the bottom side of my kneecap.  And check this out.  I have a small seat on wheels that I use in the garage.  I have a strong feeling I will be giving it a spin in my kitchen today.  Before I start practicing on the stairs, I think the exercise you did with the chair is a good place to start.  I did quite a bit yesterday including my little rehab exercisies here at home.  My knee was swollen today so I've iced it a bunch.  It is Sunday which means football !  I can't imagine how some of those guys come back from this injury.  And the thought of your guys out there who have done both at the same time, WOW..... 

post #2163 of 10798

the pain sounds like what I'm dealing with, patella tendonitis...I was doing lots of leg extensions (from 90 bent to completely straight) and it hurts.  My PT person said no leg extensions until the pain goes away or else this could become a permanent problem...she said that I still need to work on stretching the quad muscles/tendon on the injured leg and work on the VMO and VLO muscles.  Going down stairs is also a pain issue.   My problem she said is too much cycling, too much hiking, etc...too soon....and I just need to work it LESS


FYI I'm 17 weeks post OP.

post #2164 of 10798

13 weeks post op


Back to work this week on modified duty, continuing to work hard on quad strength. I have kept a routine of running and walking on a inclined treadmill, stationary bike, weighted lower leg extensions, and leg presses. I always give myself a day or two rest after one of these "quad target" work outs. I have finally come to appreciate the patience that is required to regain the leg strength.


MyQuad- Your question about stairs caught my attention. I was right where you are a few short weeks ago, I know how elementary the ability to climb and descend stairs is to "the job". I checked my previous posts and at 8 weeks post op I was asking our fellow posters about how to work at descending stairs. As you stated, it requires adequate flexion, probably about 100-110 degrees. The rest is good old quad strength, coupled with the confidence to stick that repaired leg out into space knowing that your full body weight is coming with it.


I was lucky to have a good 14 step stairway with a good railing in my house to practice repeatedly on. It took time, and was one of the more challenging milestones in this journey for me.  At my point (13 wks PO) I am fine on stairs, and dont need the railing when descending, but I still cautiously watch every step.


Happy Thanksgiving to All  (A day of football and food, does it get any better?)

post #2165 of 10798

I want to thank all the contributors to this site- you have been a real blessing.

I am now 8 months post-op- left knee QTR. My story is similar to most I have read- 54, active- slipped in the back yard on a ramp coming out of my shed- ramp was wet and slick.

6 weeks in a leg immobilizer- started PT week 8 and by week 12 was able to use elliptical and ride exercise bike.

2 things I wanted to share with everyone. I went 5 weeks before I could shower- and the first shower was scary- could barely lift my leg over the shower entrance. Get a suction handle for the shower- they are available at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  great aid to feeling comfortable in the shower

The other thing is to make sure and take care of the other good leg- stretch, etc. 

The first time I was able to ride the exercise bike and use the elliptical I was very excited and ended up severely straining the hamstring on my good leg.

Some words of encouragement- there is light at the end of the tunnel. Do the work and things will improve.

Again- thanks to all the contributors- you were a ray of sunshine during a dark time.

Clear Eyes

Full Heart

Can’t Lose

post #2166 of 10798

I ruptured my left leg quadriceps tendon 2 wks ago (full/complete rupture) and had surgery 2 days later. 


I am getting used to the brave new world of recovery and rehab and will want to pick all of your brains for tips and insights going forward.


I have a very basic question to start with.  After my 1 wk post op check in, my orthopedic surgeon gave me the OK to go back to work (office work where I sit most of day in front of computer or am on phone). 


I struggled all week to get my Donjon brace to stay "put" on my leg. 


The brace is set at 0% flexibility.  This week I wore jeans to work and wore my brace on the outside of my jeans; the jeans were too narrow to get over the brace. No matter how tight I tried to make the velcro strips be the brace invariably would start to slide down my pant leg and get loose.  I seemed to be tightening it every hour or so.


I seem to have a little better luck with the brace at home where I have it right on my skin and can wear shorts. 


I think I can get my Docker slacks over the brace for next week but am worried about how challenging that would make it to tighten the brace during the work day.


Is this a common early-on problem or am I just too paranoid about cutting off circulation to my leg if I make the straps super-tight.




post #2167 of 10798

Welcome to the party.  That is certainly a common problem.  As you know, the brace stays in place better directly on the skin.  Wearing it on top of your pants makes it almost impossible to keep it where it is suppose to be.  I will say, once you can bend it a little, it will help keep it where it is suppose to be.  Is it possible your boss would let you wear shorts at work?  Resecuring the brace each hour sounds pretty normal.  I'm on here all the time seems like.  So fire away with any other questions you might have.  To everyone, enjoy your holiday!



post #2168 of 10798
My jeans are all "relaxed fit" and easily fit the brace underneath. My business casual slacks for work are all Nike golf pants and the brace also fits underneath. Luckily, I was able to work at home for a while, with my desk job because the fabric over the incision was really irritating. Even directly in contact with my skin, I had my brace tight. It was so tight, my wife feared I was cutting off the circulation but I knew if I could feel my toes, I was good. I wasn't able to shower for the first two weeks either and it was harrowing trying to get into the shower so I started taking baths and haven't had any issues.

I've been back to work for a while and can generally wear jeans and running shoes but I had to teach two different training classes that were 4 hours each and I decided to wear slacks and dress shoes. I had to stand for the entire 8 hours and by the time it was over, my knee was extremely swollen and my feet were killing me. As soon as I got home, I filled an ice bag, placed it on my knee, laid on the floor with my leg elevated, and popped some Advil. I was pretty frustrated because it was a clear indication that I still have a long way to go to being "normal". It was better yesterday when I went to pt and even better this morning when I walked 4 miles prior to our Thanksgiving meal.

I hope all are having a great turkey day, with those who are dearest to them, and healing bit by bit each day.
post #2169 of 10798

One other thing on this topic.  Your leg is gonna shrink substantially in the next few weeks and you will be suprised how much tighter you can draw that brace.  It is going to shrink fast and come back slow.  So maybe if you buy a pair of those relaxed jeans like TD mentioned, it will work for the time you have to wear the brace.

post #2170 of 10798

myquad 29 (Mitch) and TexasDiesel


Thanks for your insights.



post #2171 of 10798

SwimNRun-- I remember from one of the older posts on here someone suggested solving your slipping brace problem with fitness ankle weights. They bought some cheap ankle weights that they were able to take the weighted component out of, leaving them with the vinyl and velcro part that apparently worked well at keeping the brace in place.(around the ankle, so the brace cant slip down as it loosens)  Never tried it myself, but it does make sense.

Sorry about your luck, but you have found a great resource here, lots of people in the same boat!



post #2172 of 10798

Welcome to our world Swimrun4fun,


I’m about four weeks out from my operation.  I too mainly work in an office environment, but my doctor kept me out until next Monday.  I really feel for you. It’s taken me this long to be where I can be out on crutches for a full day.


I highly recommend The North Face Men’s Paramount Peak Convertible Pant.  Shortly after my accident I went to REI and got two pairs. They fit loose, and look good enough for a business casual environment. Each pant leg can be unzipped and removed just above the knee. This is great for getting in to make adjustments to the brace, getting through airport security and physical therapy. When I go to PT, I can unzip the pant leg, remove the brace and do my exercises.  


As far as brace slipping goes, for me, it’s all about the strap above the calf muscle. The other three straps just get looser as the brace slides down.  I’m not sure how your brace adjusts, but with mine you can adjust the amount of slack on the backside and then adjust the front.  This is important because while the front can feel tight, the back may be loose. 

Edited by Jayman - 11/26/10 at 10:54am
post #2173 of 10798

I found using a strap attached to a belt around my waist and looped through the velcro strap on the brace allowed me do regular walks and gym activities without having to pull the brace up continually.

It made my life a lot more tolerable.

post #2174 of 10798

8 weeks post op.,   9 weeks since injury


Would it be wrong to expect every day to be better than the one before?  I’m guilty.  Last night, just before I went to sleep, I irritated my knee somehow.  I’m not sure how I caused it to happen, but the knee bent in a normal way and it seems to me that it almost gave out.  It bent the normal direction but definitely felt weird at that moment and today it is sore.  It feels like it went well beyond my sanctioned 90 degrees, but I don’t see how that could have happened.  I was just walking normal and of course trying not to lock my knee when I walked.  So I’m sure I couldn’t have bent it that far forward simply just trying not to lock it back when I walk.  I have complained before about how when I am seated with my feet on the floor-it is difficult to raise my leg to where it is parallel to the floor.  Today, it is especially uncomfortable to do that.  I have not pushed it at all today and I’m going to rest from my exercises today and tomorrow.  I plan to watch football all day tomorrow.  This week, I have an appointment with my OS and I expect him to allow me to start strength building exercises-something he would not allow two weeks ago.  I hope this sensation of discomfort I feel will be gone by Tuesday so I don’t have to tell on myself.  It’s a setback; let’s hope it’s not a real one.

post #2175 of 10798

4 weeks post op.,   6 weeks since injury



My brace and I have been kindred spirits for almost six weeks now. It comes off only on rare occasions: propped up on the coffee table, showering, PT and one unnamed activity.  It is an amazing design of steel, Velcro and foam padding; but even so, it’s getting a bit funky.


My question for the day is: do you clean your brace pads and if so how do you do it? If you wash them, what do you do while they are drying?


P. S. – I go back to work tomorrow. This should be interesting…

post #2176 of 10798

wash them by hand with detergent, rinse well, roll them up in a towel to soak up the water in the foam and let air try or place in the sun if possible.  Just lay on the couch with your leg straight and watch sports while the pads dry....

post #2177 of 10798



I hope you aren't suffering any "real" setback and it is just a little road bump.  I try to measure my progress from PT session to PT session since I go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I'm generally a little weak afterwards and a bit weak and sore the next day but by my next PT session, I'm ready to go.  As long as nothing is significantly impacting that, I consider each step a progression.  I didn't really progress on the one I had after my day long standing in dress shoes but I didn't have to lessen any weights or excercises for the PT session the next morning so I considered that a win even though I didn't really progress.


The wife and I went to visit my family for Thanksgiving and had a great time.  I would walk each morning for 4 miles with the majority being 20 minute miles.  Saturday, I kind of jogged a quarter of a mile but "jog" is a really loose term.  Imagine an old man trying to do a little more than fast walk.  It was pretty terrible but it didn't really hurt any. 


I have PT this afternoon and again Wednesday morning.  I'm off that day and get to see my OS for the first time since October 20th when he allowed me to start going to PT.  I'm ready to see what he says...



post #2178 of 10798

Hi all,


I first want to say I am really glad I found this thread. I googled "ruptured quad tendon" and to my surprise this thread was one of the top hits. I have spent countless hours reading through the different posts and doing my best to learn and relate to everyone's post. I decided to join and share my story in hopes of gaining insight into what I am in store for.


I am a fairly active 29 y/o male and I've been playing volleyball since I was about 15. Around the year 2001, I started to develop pain in (what I soon later found out) my left quad tendon. I was still very young at the time and just chalked it up to just soreness that came with constantly jumping. It certainly did not help that I got into the bad habit of not stretching before going out and playing at a pretty intense level. So for 9 years, I lived with a quad tendon that was giving problems and most likely tearing away. I was too stubborn at the time to see a doctor and get it properly diagnosed.


Well, on Nov. 1, I went up to jump and I immediately heard a pop and felt something shift in my left knee. At that moment, I just knew that I finally blew out my quad tendon. I was able to schedule an appointment to see a OS the following week on a Thurs. day and he ordered an MRI. The MRI was taken the following week and it showed that I indeed did tear my quad tendon in the middle. He said that it was still attached on the sides which was good news.


I had my surgery on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and now 5 days out from surgery. It has taken some time to adjust to some of the changes that have happened since. One of the first things I miss immediately is a good shower. My stitches/staples won't come out for 15 days so until then it's gonna be baby wipes and waterless soap for me. As far as pain goes, it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be aside from those first couple of nights. The pain is probably the worse after lying down and having it elevated, then having to get and "walk" somewhere. It feels like the blood just rushes down and shoots pain right into the leg. I have to take a few moments just so the pain subdues and I regain my bearings. All in all though, I've stopped the pain meds and now just wait anxiously for my first post op appointment in about 9 days.


But the reason I wanted to post here was because I had some questions regarding physical therapy. I was told by my OS that PT could be done from home. To make a long story short, it would be hard for me to get PT sessions due to financial reasons. I'm not quite sure how the insurance company deals with it, but if I could avoid going out to another facility I would. So my question to everyone who has gone through this horrible injury is how hard is it to do PT at home? I was hoping to get some ideas as to what kind of exercises I can do from the get go and any general hints and tips. I'm hoping that my OS gives my like a illustrated chart showing exercises I can do to help get my leg back to shape. All he has mentioned so far is that a stationary bike is probably one of the best rehab activities I can do afterwards. I will know more when I see him next week and I will be sure to ask him a lot of questions regarding that.


To close out, I just want to thank everyone (esp. IdahoGuy) for contributing to this very informative and supportive forum regarding this injury. Reading through it has put my mind at ease in terms of recovering and getting back into shape. Till then, I will continue to follow the thread and hope to learn more and contribute myself to anyone that has fallen victim to this injury.

post #2179 of 10798



Welcome to our unfortunate little club and good luck with a rapid recovery.  Home PT is defnitely possible, especially in the early stages.  If you have access to a gym, you can do pretty much everything I go through in PT except for anything on a slide board that mimicks ice skating.  Definitely wait until you get an ok from your OS to do the at home PT and let him/her know of your financial limitations so that he/she can give you the proper exercises.  I don't use the in-house PT from my OS's office, because of proximity to work and my home, but he has one and I'd thinkn most doctor's have something similar so that they could get you the diagrams on the exercises they recommend.  That being said, I'll chronical some of the exercises I've been able to do.


My surgeon didn't want me weight bearing or really doing anything with the leg until the 5 week mark from surgery.  After the staples were removed (2 weeks) he verbally reinforced numerous times how he didn't want my quad to flex for any reason.  He allowed me to take off the brace and lie on my stomach so that I could try do do a leg curl with the repaired leg.  My first attempts had me not able to get my toe off of the carpet and he wanted me at 90 degrees by my next visit in three weeks (the 5 week mark).  I was a little shy of that but he cleared me for PT at 5 weeks.


My first few PT sessions were pretty weak.  It consisted of leg lifts and stretches.  The leg lifts were interesting because I read on here of people that couldn't do a leg lift 8 weeks out of surgery.  This shocked me because once my quad was reattached, I could lift my leg onto the couch easily.  My PT asked me to do a leg life and I looked at him as I did it with an air of "What do you think of that???"  He started smiling and said that because of my previous weight training, my ancilary muscles were doing all of the work.  He told me to put my left hand under my left butt cheek (repaired leg) and do the lift.  He asked if my butt flexed when I did it.  I told him it did and he said he wanted me to do leg lifts without flexing my butt because that meant I was actually working the quad.  That was a lot more difficult!  I would then turn on my right side and do a side leg raise that focused on the outside of my leg, then would turn to my left side to do lifts focusing on the inside of my leg, and eventually rotate to my stomach to do a leg raise focusing on my butt and hamstrings.  I'd do 3 sets of 10.  He then gave me a stretching band to stretch the hamstring, the calf, and the IT band on the outer part of the leg.  We would end with wall slides that had me on my back and my feet on the wall so I could slide my foot up and down to increase range of motion on the leg.  The thing you really can't do is he had an electronic stimulation device and would place heat on the leg and the stim would flex the quad muscles for 15 seconds and off 15 seconds for 15 minutes.  The other beneficial thing you can't replicate was the ultrasound machine they would use for about 10 minutes to break up scar tissue.  After the session, he would use biofreeze (a form of bengay/deep heat) and deep tissue massage the leg, knee, and really work the incision back and forth to reduce scarring.


In addition to the exercises above, the second week of PT had me doing extremely light leg presses with both legs as well as single leg presses for three sets of 15 each.  He also placed a round pad under my leg so I could do a leg extension with just the weight of my sickly repaired leg.  I'd then sit on the edge of the table and do a leg extension.  He had me sit on a stool that had rollers on it and I'd use the heels of my feet to pull myself forward and then the flat of my feet to push myself backwards about 6 feet for 5 minutes.  Once that was easy, he had me do it with only the repaired leg.  I'd then have to get a strap that would go around my knee that was attached to a band and a weight rack on the other end.  My leg would start straight and then I'd allow the band to bend my knee forward and then straighten it back out against the resistance of the band.  This was a surprisingly hard exercise.  I'd walk on the treadmill at a 10% incline for 5 minutes and again goinb backwards for 5 minutes.  He'd then flatten the treadmill to level and then I'd do step up and step downs from the ground to the treadmill and from the treadmill to the ground.  The step ups need to focus on using the repaired quad.  The good leg would need to be as close to the step as possible with a straight leg and your toe raised off of the ground.  This makes sure you aren't using your off leg for the step up phase.  For step downs, you have to bend your toe up on your good leg so you are only using the repaired leg to lower your bodyweight so that your heel on your good leg touches the ground and then back up you go.


These are the few that I can think of now.  The second week had me rocking back and forth on the bicycle until I could eventually go all the way around and then I was doing the elliptical for 5 and then 10 minutes starting the 3rd week.


Hope this helps and make sure not to push it too fast...



post #2180 of 10798

Wow, thanks for the quick and informative reply! After the surgery, the post op note stated that I could do weight bearing just fine as long as I can tolerate it. So at home, I've been using crutches and trying not to put that much weight on the bad leg. I was surprised that you got going on the PT after only 2 weeks out from surgery. I would have thought that 4 weeks was the minimum before you would start to put any stress on the tendon. However, after reading through pages and pages of this forum, I can tell that it could vary from OS to OS as to what their advice is.


One thing you mentioned that really got me thinking is when you said that you lied on your stomach and tried to do a leg curl. For whatever reason, I would think that the pain from that would be pretty excruciating. Of course, I am still only 5 days out and the stitches in my knees are not healed yet. Which brings to question, after the stitiches are removed, how much freedom do you have? Is it healed completely or do I still need to have a dressing on it and have it changed? I forget to mention that this was my first surgery ever or any sort of medical emergency that I have ever experienced. The itching in my leg drives me crazy at times and I still have 10 days to go!


I will definately be sure to see if he has an in-house PT as well. I hadn't thought of that and it would only make sense that they do (more $ for the office =D). I've already got plans to buy a indoor bicycle trainer soon since I am a pretty avid cyclists anyways. One concern I do have is that in a month or so it's going to start snowing pretty hard (I'm from Chicagoland)and that means ice. I'm already dreading the scenario where I have to get in and out of my car down a pretty good slope in my driveway. As for now, I have 4 weeks as my goal to get my knees in at least decent shape where I don't feel all that debilitated. I don't mind having to work hard to get it back to where I was before this injury, but I just hate the feeling of helplessness that I feel the last few days. Thanks again TexasDiesel for the info and if anyone else has any PT excercises/experiences, I would greatly appreciate it. Happy recovery all!

post #2181 of 10798
Well, I really didn't start PT until my 5th week. From week 2-5, I was doing the leg curl to get to 90. Once they take the staples out at week 2, the incision is pretty much healed. It's extremely sensitive but rubbing vitamin e oil on it will help heal it up more.
post #2182 of 10798

I am now 6 months post op from a full quad tendon rupture. I bike one to two hours a day and hike hills for an hour. My knee feels pretty good though it still "clicks" from time to time and a call to the PT suggested bending the knee more to walk.  that helped.  I have also started some gentle jogging which feels good. The more you listen to your body the better..


Sideout--All of my PT was done at home and I think it was for the best.  I could judge my progress and do the exercises accordingly.  I had two PT appointments but they were really for giving me the exercises and talking about my progress.  The best things were going up and down stairs, walking, and a stationary bike when I was ready.  All of these things were not started until after 6 weeks.


The other posts have lots of good suggestions for exercises as well.



post #2183 of 10798

Hello all. My sister who is a pt suggested that I search the Internet for quad injuries and rehab and I found you guys.A good find if I do say! I'm 60 soon to be 61 and had a construction accident  in which I completely tore my right quad. Unfortunately for me this all happened on a Friday at 4:00. Needless to say it was a long weekend. That was 4 weeks ago and 3 weeks ago was the surgery. I have been in a knee immobilizer since day 1. Had the stitches out 2weeks ago and this week I'll find out If I can start rehab.My OS gave me strict orders not to bend my knee at all.I do apply weight to it as I do get around with crutches.It feels pretty good considering. I take showers carefully and  take care of everything else in the bathroom without too much hassle . So aside from being out of work for a month and probably 2 and having to re lie on my wonderful family to help me with just about everything, I'm doing OK. This forum was very helpful and informative . And one thing for sure is that we are all different in the way we heal . Thanks to all for the pep talks and I hope your all healing well.     Spencer

post #2184 of 10798

Hi All,

Back from my first day at work. The day went rather quickly, but it wasn’t what I would call fun. Needless to say, I did what I could to stay close to my desk, iced down my knee as soon as I got home and I’m bringing a foot stool in tomorrow.  The biggest issue is one of geometry; when you sit in a chair, the brace comes up over the edge of the seat, this lifts the leg and puts pressure on the strap above the knee, pushing down on the repaired area and causing varying levels of pain. After a while, I find myself unhooking the strap until I need to get up and amble around.


Interestingly, I was glued together, no staples, just steri strips. Two weeks after surgery I was green lighted to start PT.  I’ve been doing Iso knee quad sets, Iso knee flexes, and  ankle pumps,  After a week I graduated to leg lifts with the brace on and knee bends to 35 degrees.


Side Out17,

I so know that rushing feeling when you stand up, especially when you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Now that brings you back to consciousness in a hurry!  And let’s not forget sleeping with the brace – I tell people: “it’s like sleeping on a bicycle”. Until the incision heals it’s super sensitive, so at first, you fall asleep from exhaustion.  But, after a while, the incision heals and that blood rushing feeling stops. Life gets easier, you don't need the pain pills and you begin to believe that sleeping on a bicycle isn’t all that bad.


I too found this site from a Google search (I got here by falling down the stairs). Skiing?, ha! I tried it when I was 13 and broke my Tibia. But thanks to Epic for hosting this rag tag group of misfits!

post #2185 of 10798

Chinagirl - It's good to hear that it is very much possible to do PT at home then. I've given it some thought and perhaps maybe I will go to a session or two of PT. I'm in a very strange situation right now. See, I just got a new job right at the beginning of October. Prior to that, I was just a temp there and FYI...I had no health insurance for 5 years prior. So in a sense, this injury came at the right time! My insurance kicked in right around mid-Oct so I was fortunate to be covered. Seeing as how I probably can't do any real PT till start of January, I think I can get insurance stuff sorted out. To make a long story short, I think with the surgery and MRI (which by the way, I am positive I overpaid for at $4,270), it would be difficult to tack any more onto my insurance this year. So we'll wait and see how that plays out


Jayman - I know the exact thing you are talking about when you mentioned how the edge of the brace gets sit on by you and the chair. If you lean to far forward to avoid it, your back starts to hurt and if you sit to far back the pressure on your knees is painful. I plan to do the same thing when I return to work and bring in a footstool. Before surgery, I was using my wastebasket lol. Speaking of returning to work, I was hoping to return to it pretty much right after my stitches come out. Do you think that is feasible? I also work in a office environment where I hardly have to do any walking or standing. The bathroom is pretty far I have to admit, but that is the only challenge is see. That, and the getting in and out of a car can be brutal at time.

post #2186 of 10798


8 weeks post op, 9 weeks since injury


I wanted to wait until today to post because I met with my OS today.  He was impressed with my progress despite the fact that at my 6 week appointment, he only allowed me to do very minimal physical therapy.  He grabbed the tendon above my knee and said “Wow…  That’s solid…”  I took it as a good thing.  He also told me to begin the divorce proceedings with the brace.  He said not to burn it because if I know I will be doing something taxing, I may want to wear it.  Truth be told, I really stopped wearing it at all times about 10 days ago.  I did have a small mishap which scared me back into wearing it all the time but I believe I am ok.  I still to this day have that unstable feeling in my leg and hope that as I begin to do real strength building therapy that feeling will subside.  He also told me the next time we talked; he expected that I would be asking to go back to work.  I estimate that to be 3 or 4 weeks from now.  I do not have an office job and it is possible that physical exertion at a moment’s notice would be required.  So in 3 or 4 weeks, I will decide if that is a realistic expectation.


To all of the new faces here, hello and welcome.  I have read most of your stories and I am sorry you and I are here.  If I can offer some advice it would be to allow your healing process to happen before you try to do therapy.  We are all eager to get back to work and play but that tendon has to heal.  That starts with the leg in that straight brace for a few weeks.  For those of you with office jobs, you will soon be allowed to bend your leg a little which will make sitting at the desk much more tolerable.  Then, you’ll be allowed to bend it even more and it just gets better from there.  Make no mistake, this is a serious injury.  It must be treated as such.   TD and Firefaller have been great sources of information for me.  They both are right about the time frame which has fit what I am looking for the most.


Time to ice!

post #2187 of 10798


I got the foot stool under my desk today and it’s a great improvement. Tomorrow, I’m bringing in a cushion to bolster my back. I’m one to get out and rub elbows with the engineers on my project. I’m really forcing myself to pick up the phone and get folks to come see me. My biggest advice for getting out of the car is to pull yourself up and over the center console towards the back until your leg clears the door. Then you can ease yourself back down.

 I was out for four weeks before I went back. Part of that was because I cannot work part time when I’m on disability – company rule. The worst of being back is that I have to leave my brace on all day. Right now I can’t wait to be rid of this thing!

post #2188 of 10798

11 weeks since surgery (9/16/10)

11.5 weeks since injury (9/12/10)


Well, today was my last PT session (I had 17 total) and I later visited my OS for an update.  The PT measured me at 132 degrees ROM when I was 70 on my first visit 10/22/10 and my good leg is 142, so I'm pretty close to normal.  The thigh has increased in size by 5 cm and is within 2 cm of the good leg.  The area above my knee has gone down 1 cm and though there is still some tightness and it doesn't quite look like the normal leg, it is progressing nicely and feels pretty good.  He said the PT sessions went very well, we accomplished all we set out to, and he really appreciated my hard work and the encouragement I gave his other patients when I was in there.  He said the rest can be accomplished by getting back to my more normal type workouts I had been doing for legs prior to the injury.


The meeting with the OS went really well too.  He noticed I didn't have the brace and asked how long ago I ditched that.  When I told him "4 weeks", he seemed a bit surprised but then he started mashing around, had me do some resistance stuff against his hand, and then check my ROM.  He said, "Man, that's about as good as I've seen in this time frame and I'm extremely pleased to be where we are from where you were when I had to repair."  I felt pretty proud of that and asked if the area was completely healed and I just needed to gradually strengthen and work on ROM or if there is still a worry about re-injury.  He said that all tendon tests and results are based on studies around tendons in the fingers and that tendon's can be 90% at the 12 week mark and I'm just shy of that.  He said that it then takes until the 6 month mark from surgery to get to 100%.  I asked if I had any restrictions and he said to take it slow but it's really up to me as to how much of a state of "normal" I want to get back to because there have been many that were just happy being where I am today but he knows that isn't me.  I asked if I could start riding my motorcycle again and he said that he didn't feel it was an issue but to be really careful.  He said that balancing and riding wouldn't be a problem but the sudden eccentric contraction if I hit gravel or had to put my foot down and use that muscle to resist a fall, could be a problem.  I told him that I'd be fine with letting the damn thing fall to the ground before I'd risk tearing this again and he laughed.  He wants to see me again in two months and I asked if there were any goals or anything he expects to see.  He said there really wasn't but he did expect me to be closer to 100% even though that would only be the 4 month mark.  I asked about running and he said I could jog as long as it doesn't hurt but he doesn't want me sprinting until 6 months post surgery.


Life is really good right now, but I'm not resting with where I'm at.  I feel my leg is about 60% strength to where it was and where I want it to be again so I'm going to continue working hard in the gym.  My old routine would have me doing: Day 1 - Legs, Day 2 - Chest, Day 3 - Back, Day 4 - Shoulders, Day 5 - Arms, and then repeat the cycle starting again with day 1.  I do about 6 exercises per body part and lift for about 45 minutes.  To better the weaker leg, I think I am going to: Day 1 - Both legs, Day 2 - Chest, Day 3 - Back, Day 4 - Repaired left leg only, Day 5 - Shoulders, Day 6 - Arms, and then repeat with Day 1.  I'll continue to do the elliptical for 30 minutes followed by the stationary bike with the seat as low as I can handle for 15 and then the elliptical or my mountain bike again in the evening, depending upon weather.


It seems like just a few days ago when I was frustrated on my couch wishing I could just put some damn weight on my repaired leg as I struggled to crutch it to the bathroom.  I know many of you are still struggling through the healing process, but I swear to you there are better days ahead.  Push it to the limits of pain without being foolish.  If you get down, take 15 minutes to feel sorry for yourself and what you are missing out on, and then focus on your plan and what you need to do to get better.  


I see progress in everyone's posts and look forward to seeing more.  I might have been released by my PT and my OS, but I still have a ways to go and a lot of interest in how you all are doing. Keep up the good fight!!!



post #2189 of 10798

Great to find this site. I tore my quad tendon in two steps about two weeks ago. Tomorrow morning I have my surgery. 


I am a 57 year old Lutheran parish pastor in PA and finished the tear of my knee 15 minutes before services on 11/28. I was coming downstairs from my office 18 steps when arriving at the next to the last step I thought I had stepped out into air. They leg completely folded up underneath me. 


Just a short post to introduce myself. A big thanks to all of you who have posted so much information over the last two years. I am sure that it will help.


Blessings to all.

post #2190 of 10798

16 weeks post BQTR and repair

Thought I'd check in with a short update.  All is well and making excellent progress toward getting back to normal.  OS was pleased with where I am, leg strength and flexibility.  Up to 130 degrees ROM.  Still have a long way to go on strength but am walking a lot, going up and down stairs more easily each day.  Have a good workout routine going with swimming every other day and riding the bike and using the elliptical the other days and weights once a week, so at least I'm regaining some aerobic fitness.  Walking quite a bit and happy that the old legs are working quite well.  Last weekend walked an hour in the woods including some ups and downs without any problem.  Not having those collapsing knee feelings any more.  I ditched the braces for good 2.5 weeks ago and have basically improved daily with walking.  PT is starting to work on some exercises that should help with skiing.  I'm feeling more confident each day that I'll be able to get on snow a bit this winter and ski a bit even though I won't be racing.  Sure has been a long haul, but things are picking up speed! 


Good luck to all. 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Ski Training and Pro Forums › Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Injury, and Recovery › Quadriceps Tendon Rupture, Repair and Rehab