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post #2311 of 10807

10 weeks since injury

8 weeks since surgery


Hi all,

Here I sit on my 51st birthday with an ice pack on my knee.  ROM is about 90 degrees and I’m working on getting my strength back.  I still can’t do a full revolution on the stationary bike, but I’m climbing stairs now. A couple weeks ago I started walking around the house without the brace – cautiously putting it on to climb the stairs. Then I started sleeping without it – pure bliss. On the 20th I saw the OS. He said the injury was healed, but to be careful and not put myself in a situation where I could fall and tear things. Since then I’ve been real careful, and the brace has stayed off. While insurance covered most of the brace, I’m blown away that it cost $521!


If you are new to our club I have one recommendation that helped me immensely: North Face, Men's paramount peak convertible pants: http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=143924&storeId=207&catalogId=10201&langId=-1&from=subCat&parent_category_rn=11704&variationId=0C5

Go out and buy two pairs (approx $65). They’re baggie so they fit over the brace, and you can zip off the pants leg for PT workouts and OS visits.  This one thing made my ventures out into the world possible.

Good luck to all and season’s greetings!

post #2312 of 10807



what did they say may have weakened the tendon.   i had surgery a month ago.  playing bball.    i am 59.  my ortho guy says i have arthritis which causes calcification on the tendon and weakens it.   i jog about 2 x's per week (or used to) at 5 miles a run.   knees did not really bother me.  my fear is they took an Xray and said have same in the other knee.   i hope to get back to bball but a little leary.   my regular doc said give it up to jarring on the body.    



post #2313 of 10807



since you had them repaired and rehabbed do they say you are kind of in the clear from a reoccurence?  again, mine is calcification related.  when they repaired they cleaned the calcification up so only on more knee to go- hopefully not.....



post #2314 of 10807

15 weeks since injury

14.5 weeks since surgery


Not a lot to report but wanted to welcome the newbies to the forum.  As many have said, keep your chin up and realize that every day from surgery is a day closer to normal.  Do nothing until your doctor gives you the green light for PT (5 weeks for me) and then work hard and work smart.  Don't do anything to comprimise the repair but don't half-ass it to the point you don't maximize your results.


I missed a few days at the gym because of the holiday and won't do both legs again until Wednesday.  I did single leg exercises last Thursday morning and all went well.  All machines are different so this isn't really a big deal but I was able to single leg press (with the repaired leg) 4 sets of 15 at 130 lbs.  I really focus on the eccentric phase and have the seat far enough forward that my knee makes it into my arm pit so that I can release further than my chest would allow.  I press out fairly quickly (2 count) but then bring it back slowly (8 count).  I'm good with my step up exercise (using only my bodyweight) but am still feeling weak on the step down exercise.  The step down's makes the leg shake.


It was cold but I walked 45 minutes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  I tried to jog some but could only "old man jog" for about 10 total minutes.  I still have a long way to go but getting closer every day.


Hang in there!!!



post #2315 of 10807



My tendons had calcification too, which the surgeon cleaned up.  I haven't been told whether reoccurance is an issue or not.  Better not be!  My knees, or more like right above my knees, both hurt when I ran the last 3 years or so.  I was a big runner back in the day and so the pain was such that I had cut down each year and did not run during ski season.  I had thought it might just be tendonitis.  I only got up to a total of 100 miles this year before I stopped due to the pain.  Biggest issue right now is getting enough flexibility back so if I fall skiing  I'll be ok.  Taking it very slow.



post #2316 of 10807

thanks Nordicracer-


yep, that sock slide is a weird one to get the ROM back.  they are trying to get me at 90 degrees in the next 2 weeks.  surgery was a month ago.



post #2317 of 10807

Partial tear Nov. 8

Catastrophic tear Nov. 21 (36 days)

Surgery Dec. 2 (25 days)


Able to conduct limited schedule of holiday services in my cast with only minor swelling which was relieved immediately upon elevation. Preaching and being with the congregation did wonders for my spirit. In many ways the isolation is the biggest challenge at this point. Also, got out to dinner with my wife last Thurs. A chair for her, a chair for me, and a chair for my leg.


I have my PT lined up for when the cast comes up on Jan. 10th. I am ready to attack it with vigor when the opportunity comes. 


Thanks to everyone for all your posts, they provide great insight, encouragement and details unavailable anywhere else that I have found.


Keep safe and keep fighting.


post #2318 of 10807

2 weeks post-op:


I'm in a knee immobilizer, looking to upgrade to a knee brace that can be locked into specific ROM. What brand or model should I invest in?

I have looked on line and their are so many different brands and styles it is a bit overwhelming.



post #2319 of 10807

jumpman and all.


Actually the OS never discussed with me the possible deterioration of the tendons before the ruptures. It was only after I started reading this board that I even though about it. I have had pain just above each knee for some time. Mostly I'd notice it when my knees we're bent about 90 degrees (like sitting in a movie) - I'd straighten my legs as much as possible and the pain would be reduced. Didn't give it a thought to tell you the truth - didn't affect my golf (although the way I play hopefully it was one of my problems) or running. Only when they we're bent for some time.


I have an appointment with the OS mid January at which time I'll talk to him about it. He has assured me I'll recover 100% once I strengthen my quads. But, at the same time he has warned me to be careful on the ice and snow over the next few months because falling again could re rupture them until they are fully healed. Based on his warnings he has me sort of paranoid regarding re injuring them. It wasn't a fun recovery but, like others have said on this board, every day gets better. I'm walking and driving without any pain so not too much to complain about. Not running yet but the PT says I can start using the elliptical trainer. It will be good to get back to working up a bit of a sweat. And the golf season in the northeast doesn't start for a few months so I figure I'll be good to go by then.


I'm finishing up 8 weeks of rehab (2 times a week) by mid January and will, no doubt be scheduled for another 8 weeks after I see the OS. Things are going well, even if it seem to be slow. My ROM has really improved since the braces have been removed - because I was never a big "stretching " guy, I thing the legs may be bending as far as they ever have. Maybe I'll be better than ever after the rehab is complete. My quads are still pretty weak.


Good luck all.

post #2320 of 10807

Greetings All-


Thought I would wade in on the discussion about being susceptible for rupturing the "good leg" down the road. I believe that most of us have something going on in our tendons that contributed to our original injury. I have spoken to two different OS's and they tell me the same thing. The quad tendon is very thick and strong and generally not at risk of breaking, that is why we almost never see it happen to professional athletes. Age is obviously one factor, but also there can be contributing degenerative activity at play. When I told my OS that I also ruptured my achilles tendon 7 years ago, he smiled and said "I rest my case".

Having said this, I do not believe that anyone should alter their physical activity after recovering from a quad rupture. For me personally, I have decided to stretch more and exercise more to minimize the risk of doing this again.


Cheers and Happy New Year

post #2321 of 10807

Hey fellow quaddies:

Quad tear 12/5

Surgery 12/16: 12 days out.

Apologize for the big type in my last post. Wasn't paying attention. 1


Cyndiver: Yes, I have a recommendation for you: DonJoy. I'm using one of their braces now for the quad tear and it is very light and simple with a range of motion dial that can be locked at various settings (right now mine is at 30 degrees). I have some prior experience with that company as they also built me a very customized carbon-fiber knee brace for my "bad" left knee that helps keep it from subluxating through ROM. They, along with the brace fitter in my town, really worked with me to get it right - including changing the manufacturing process for one of the critical straps so it would work better. Nothing but good things to say about those folks. That brace worked so well on a wilderness kayak trip a couple of years ago that I was able to scramble up and down some big rocks safely.


firefaller:  Very interesting. I'm wondering if we don't just beat up our tendons over years of outdoor activity so that the damage accumulates subtly unitl we have a big one. As I've said before, I'm pretty sure I did tear my quad partially a few years ago tripping on a sidewalk. My knee felt weird for a long  time but I never checked it out because it was not debilitatng but just annoying and painful for awhile. Dumb! I should have checked it out. Also, I'm becoming a believer in stretching. My partner (63 y/o) is into yoga and I have seen an amazing transformation in her flexibility and general fitness. So, at some point, I'm going to be evaluated by her teacher to see what can be done. This injury reminds me again and again that from now on my level of conditioning and body awareness is going to be better. I've been way too haphazard in my conditioning and way too reliant on my general physical condition to get me through. I'm not slapping on my hiking boots or going paddling ever again without some kind of exercise regime and stretching regime in place. I'm too old for this! lol. Happy New Years all. One day closer. Mel.

post #2322 of 10807

I've been working my way through the posts. Very interesting stuff. SteveD discussed the blood clot situation. My OS from day 1 really stressed the necessity of taking an aspirin a day (while the casts remained on) to prevent the possibility.of blood clots. Then, while recovering at home about a week later I discover a "case study" on line - a guy exactly my age (68) the same injury (bilateral quad rupture), in good health. He had surgery, was released a few days and sent home for recovery. I'm reading the article with great interest as everything is going well, then in the last paragraph, it says that he dropped dead 2 days after getting home. They used some medical term - but it meant blood clot. I'm told it's not uncommon after surgery. Occasionally you'll hear of this happening on long airplane flight where one is sitting for long periods of time. Outcome OK for SteveD but scary stuff nonetheless.


Question: Did any of the guys here have the immobilization with plaster casts. That was the original plan of my OS until he decided that my legs we're thin enough to have the soft, rigid velcro casts. It sounds like the soft casts we're the choise of everyone here. Nice, because I was able to open them up while I lay in bed - they are hot as hell.


Back later. Rehab earlier today, first time back on the eliptical tomorrow. Hopefully my legs hold up till I get a bit of a sweat going.

post #2323 of 10807

Hi All,

Yesterday I had PT with a stand in therapist. It’s the holidays and my regular PT was on vacation. A PT from another office was rotated in. The guy was nice enough, but completely reversed the protocol. He started with cold compression and stimulation, and then moved on to knee massage before getting into stretches, lifts and finishing on the bike. Ok whatever, I went along, it was only one session after all.


The question I have for my team of recovering quad rippers is this:

 He said that my quads needed to be retrained to work with the knee cap and patella tendon – he could tell this by the way I was walking. What he did was “tape” my leg. This involved applying two strips of this stretchy bandage tape about an inch and a half wide and almost a foot long. Starting from below the knee cap, one strip went around the side of the knee cap and then straight up over my quad muscle, the other one went up the opposite side.  He had me do all my exercises like that. “See doesn’t that help” he asked. I really couldn’t tell a difference and politely agreed.


Do you have a taping PT? Are there really benefits to this practice?

post #2324 of 10807



I had lovely casts on my legs for 2 weeks.  The day after surgery they felt really tight so I asked them to "zipper" them and so they cut them all the way from top to bottom.  That releived the pressure which I suppose was from my legs swelling post surgery.  Then when I got home several days later I had to duct tape them so they would be tighter, I suppose because the sad fact state of atrophy had set in.  I had that cast a week, then another cast for a week and then I begged for braces, which I got. 




My PT was concerned about a clicking I was getting in my left leg for a while, which has since diminished, I think because my quads have come back pretty well and probably realigned my patella a bit.  It was not tracking quite right and his concern was that I could damage the patella.  I never needed the tape, but the tape job you got sounds like what he described. 


Cross country skiied gently for an hour last evening!!  Pretty awesome.  Mostly double pole but my legs responded as they should going up hill.  Mostly flat terrain.  I'll go when the snow conditions are good.  Lots of snow in Boston now.  I may try skate skiing if conditions are good later in the week. 

post #2325 of 10807

Hey fellow quaddies

Quad tear: 12/5

Repair: 12/16

13 days out


Go to see the OS today, first post-op visit. Frustrated at being unable to get hold of the OS and/or her PA. Seems one really has to be aggressive at times to get questions answered , etc. but it's a reminder to not be "nice" but firm and assertive about getting help, answers, etc.


bilateraldave: You didn't ask me but for what it's worth: Believe me I know the clot thing is scary, but I've been led to believe that generally it's pretty manageable even if you develop one - not dispensing any kind of medical advice here just repeating what I was told. Both my PT and OS have stressed that if symptoms develop to get to the ER or Urgent care pronto. My PT says he's had 3 cases in 20 years  (and hundreds of patients) all of which were successfully resolved. They do have protocols for this. Also, I was told that along with taking aspirin that I should foot pump as much as possible when I'm sitting down. My OS has also put me on a rigorous (well, I think it is, anyway) regime of getting up every hour for a 10-15 minute walk (walker/crutches) in part to keep the blood from pooling. You didn't say whether or not they gave you anti DVT socks- I can't remember what they are actually called - but those are available. I humbly suggest caution in doing Internet searches about worst case stuff - blood clots, et al. I do this way too much myself and I have found that I am almost guaranteed to find any horror story I can imagine there. It's a useful resource (as with this forum) but so much of that stuff is unfiltered raw data.The example of the "healthy guy who drops dead" is ubiquitous no matter what the malady. Because I have afibs ( a heart thing) and had a bout with mrsa ( healthy guy gets mrsa) a couple of years ago, you can imagine the horror shows I found about doing surgery on my knee with those medical conditions, lol. I'm slowly learning not to go there. For one thing, I'm too busy getting healthy-er and, for another, most of the bad stuff is down in the 1 to 2 percent probability. As an avid poker player, I'll take those odds all day! Anyway, best thoughts to you . One day closer, Mel.

post #2326 of 10807

Injury November 21st

Surgery December 2nd

Casting December 13th 

Scheduled removal Jan. 10th



Yes, my immobilization post surgery is a modern fiberglass cast put on 10 days after surgery when the staples were removed.  It does tighten if I am up on my feet too long but recovers quickly after elevation. Honestly, I have found the cast much more comfortable than the immobilizer. I sleep much better as the cast leaves my leg feeling cradled in a secure way rather than being under constriction with the immobilizer. I am, also, more comfortable moving around because the leg is absolutely secure. My doctor's staff did something interesting in fitting the cast. It is well fitted and mildly snug from the knee to the ankle but from the knee up there is some looseness that allows a minimal amount of movement maybe 3-5 degrees. This simplifies walking over against the immobilizer, but does not require the quads to fire for stability and support. 



Originally Posted by bilateraldave View Post


Question: Did any of the guys here have the immobilization with plaster casts. That was the original plan of my OS until he decided that my legs we're thin enough to have the soft, rigid velcro casts. It sounds like the soft casts we're the choise of everyone here. Nice, because I was able to open them up while I lay in bed - they are hot as hell.


post #2327 of 10807



my pt guy heads up a big ortho group in chicago.   he taped mine yesterday for the first time (4 weeks since surgery).  he swears by this method.  like you said something about moving the kneecap to "fit" correctly.   supposed to be new thinking.    

post #2328 of 10807

Hi all,


Just got back from my GP, only went in to extend my sick note from work, came out with a 8 day course of antibiotics as my wound has become infected. Not wanting to cause or stirke panic in to any of the folk who have just had the surgury or like me 6 weeks post op, just think it's something we should all keep an eye on. I personaly didn't notice any redness or irritation till the Doc pointed it out, so it's only by chance it's been caught early. Hopefully it wont effect any PT that I'm due to begin next week, or cause further problems.



 Also wondered to any of you guys driving, did you have to inform your insurance of your condition? I'm pretty sure mine wont cover me to drive with a brace.



Also the best everyone



post #2329 of 10807



re casts,


I came home from surgery with a back slab cast, basicly as it sounds, a plaster cast that ran the length of the leg and about half way up around the sides of the leg and then tightly bandaged over the top. This lasted 4 days till i managed to crack it getting out of bed. Good news as it was tight as heck and wanted the thing off. Next they put on a lighter resin cast, this became baggy within a couple of days ( within a week i could put my arm down the top and grab my knee!). Apart from the itching this was reasonably easy to live with but was still greatfull to get rid of it . At my 1st ortho appointment at 2 weeks I was put in a soft fixed brace with adjustable velcro straps. Still in it now coming up to 6 weeks post op.   In my opinion the first two were a pain to deal with and didn't provide as much support or comfort as the brace i'm in now. There is probably a reason for them but it hasn't been explained to me yet.

post #2330 of 10807

the bad thing about the velcro one is that within a couple of weeks they pop off constantly.    Any solutions out there would be most appreciated.  they say i have one more month to go in the brace for a total of 8 weeks......


good luck on the rehab.....

post #2331 of 10807

hey jayman,


went to pt today after he taped me 2 days ago for the first time.   showed me how my kneecap is more flexible today.   he was happy with it as it helped to improve the range of motion.   at 80 per cent today after one month from surgery.    taped it a little different today.


he pointed out the u.s. olympic girls vollyball team had some of their players taped.   helps with motion control for certain injuries.   said it would take him a week of massaging and forced stretch to do what the tape did on it's own in 2 days.


curious to see how yours goes...

post #2332 of 10807

The tape makes a lot of sense and I wish I had asked about it during my early stages of PT.  I would do wall slides with me laying on my back and my sock feet against a wall and would lower my feet down for range of motion and then use my good leg to straighten it back out.  My kneecap was tracking funky because of the weakness of my quad and it would catch and then have this really painful pop as it went back to where it should be.  If I could have had tape to hold the kneecap up, I think it would have prevented a lot of pain during that movement.


When you say the velcro pops off, are you talking about your brace?  As my leg started shrinking, I was having some issues but my first visit to my PT had him showing me how adjustable the straps are and he cut them to fit me perfectly.  If that's what you are talking about, you might ask him/her or if you have the Donjoy brace like I did, the velcro end pieces that attach as you wrap the strap around your leg are attached by velcro.  If you pry the velcro end off, you can cut the strap to length and then put the velcro attachment piece back on and you are fixed up!

post #2333 of 10807


13 weeks since injury

12 weeks since repair

Hello folks. 

Jumpman, I only got taped once.  It wasn’t what I was expecting and I’m not sure how extensive a tape job you got.  Mine was only a single piece of tape that pulled my kneecap a very short way and to be honest, I don’t think I even really needed it.  It stayed on for a couple days and I ended up taking it off.  I did not have the hitch TD described and my kneecaps really look the same. 

Three months after surgery, I can say I feel much better.  The strength and size of my legs are still much different and I feel like I have and will always have a difference in my ability to equalize my gait.  I have been told this will not always be a factor and with time, this will even out.  I wonder if that will come at the expense of my “good” knee or the improvement of my “bad” knee.  I am comfortable with the idea that I must exercise now to regain strength and stability as long as I don’t feel scary pain in my knee.  I have not felt any pain during exercise.  Three months after surgery, I believe the tendon is healed.  Here in Indy, the weather has been erratic.  After snowing, it has become very warm.  The snow is melting and I took my dog for a walk.  He is big, goofy and very strong willed.  I didn’t really have to study each and every step as I have grown accustomed to doing over the past 12 weeks.  It was a real test for my knee.  We passed.

So I will give some advice.  Move slowly early on.  I was never in a cast; it was only a straight leg brace.  This is the same brace I wore for the first four weeks if I recall correctly.  I had a rough time with stability early on and I still worry about it.  But, as I have strengthened the knee, that has tightened up a lot.  Again, 3 months after repair, things are much better.  I can do the old man real slow jog.  If that gives any perspective on your current condition, there it is.  Happy New Year!  2011


Edited by myquad29 - 1/27/11 at 4:00pm
post #2334 of 10807

Today I went out skiing for the first time since my accident, then went in for an appointment with my orthopedic Doc to discuss the need for surgery.


The skiing went just fine, I am able to make alpine turns no problem and even made some tele turns but that hurt a bit so I kept those to a minimum. i skied maybe 5,000 vert before calling it a successful mission and heading to the doc's office.


Long story short, he looked at my knee and took me through many MRI images to explain what he saw. In the end, he told me I'd probably be just fine without surgery. Unlike most of those in this forum, I didn't really tear my tendon so much as crush it, and the % of actual damage was very small as far as he could see. Much more significant was the bone bruising and fluid. The doctor seems to think that without any other accident, I would slowly recover with some appropriate PT. He advised me to be very, very careful on ice and stairs, to lock the heel and ski for real, and watch out for gravel on tuolomne slabs. Can do.


Just wanted to say that this forum has proven very helpful in understanding this injury, and more importantly, the effort required for recovery after surgery. Many thanks to all who have replied to these posts, thanks for all the information and may we all enjoy good health, and deep pow in the future. Happy new year.


post #2335 of 10807

good idea there TD on the velcro.  yes, my brace is like a temporary one.   steel shank on each side of my leg with 6 velcro straps to hold in place.   see the ortho doc next week for the first time since surgery 5 weeks ago.   will ask him about the permanent type brace.   does everyone get one?   Kind of like your prize?


exactly what you are talking about is the reason for the taping.   it some how teaches and works the kneecap to go where it should.   did a second taping in a different angle yesterday.   i take it off at 48 hours.   will see him monday afternoon.   will let you know what he says.    if your kneecap is still not tracking right you may want to inquire about it..



post #2336 of 10807



Good stuff the feedback helps.  my brace comes off after 8 weeks so end of january for me.     pt told me at that time start on a bike some and water stuff.   i swim like a rock and hate cold water.   more torture!.


glad your dog test worked out.   told my pt guy about this site and he thought it was great.  although he said everyone is different in how they respond.


happy 2011 to all by next year may we all run 10K's, ski till our heads fall, lift weights that crack the cement below us!

post #2337 of 10807

Greetings to all and best wishes from Zurich, Switzerland for a successful recovery during 2011.

I've been lurking (or should I say lurching?) around this thread for the last month or so, reading all of the posts from the beginning of the thread. I think 95% of my questions have been answered by the preceding posts. I ruptured my quadriceps tendon on 10th October 2010 when I fell down near the bottom of the stairs to my cellar. At 64 years of age it's a pity to lose a year to such a stupid accident.


I was operated upon on the 12th and stayed in hospital for 5 days. I had the standard belt and suspenders repair job done where holes are drilled in the patella and the tendon replaced with what feels like barbed wire. I rented a CPM machine for 6 weeks and returned it when my passive ROM got up to 120 degrees. I've been attending physiotherapy since the fourth week and slowly building up the muscles again. I've taken the last week off from the training gym so that my knee can settle down a bit - it has been rather painful recently after all the exercise it has been getting. My sport is road cycling and I'm very eager to get back on the bike and to ride on real roads again, but I'll have to wait until the snow and ice disappears and the weather gets a little warmer before venturing out on a tentative ride.

Once again all the best for 2011.


post #2338 of 10807

HI I just found this site it is so good to know that Im not out here on my on I suffered a Quadricep Tendon Rupture 6 months ago Im 5 months post op I was at a neighbors house the lights went out just when we were walking down the hall I fell down the steps when all I heard was a loud pop when the paramedics got there my right leg was turned the opposite behind me I got to the hospital they did a xray, I was discharged with a straight leg brace after repeatedly going back and forth to the orthopedic for a month they realized that the quadricep tendon was torn on the right leg.  Well now to the good part the surgery was a success they had to add tissue to be able to join the quadricep tendon back to the knee because the muscle had contracted, I was in a straight leg brace for 12 weeks, and put in a hinge brace after that the OS started my physical therapy bending only 20 degrees every 2 wks Im bending now at 105 degrees I feel a little more comfortable gettin around the house without crutches, I have been in good shape all my life  with no prior surgeries so this have really taken a toll, I've taken the brace off because It kept sliding down. I tried walking outside and couldnt walk 2 feet can anybody tell me what can make my experience outside better.

post #2339 of 10807

Twiddler and Bamagirl - welcome to the group! I found the site a few weeks ago so I'm still in catch up mode with the comments. I injured myself somewhat like Twiddler - falling down the last few stairs. I managed to rupture both quad tendons unfortunately. From what I read, this is not an uncommon cause of injury. When the EMTs arrived they asked me if I felt dizzy before I fell - unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I did not which means I was just a klutz. I'm thinking that I should have come up with a better story to tell my friends - the skiing and basketball stories a lot of the guys have on this site would have been much more impressive. I'm 13-14 weeks away from the operation now.(occurred the last weekend of September). 6 weeks  in the casts and now going through physical therapy. Fortunately I was operated on within hours so didn't have to have the need to add the extra tendon extension. Once I got the casts off I found I could walk around slowly reasonably well (although a little unstable on unlevel surfaces) and could start to drive. Within the last week my PT has given me the go ahead to use the elliptical machines (and the exercise bike with the seat at a high level). I rejoined the local gym (one of those ones open a convenient 24 hours) and have got back to working out a little. I have got to work out the last 2 days. My knees feel tight (but not particularly painful) when on the elliptical or bike - after doing diddly for months my heart and lungs are taking a bit of a beating. But, that part feels good - all active people here can relate I'm sure.


Bamagirl - Can't really help you re getting around outside. Inside I zip around reasonably well but get me outside on un level surfaces and I'm still a little uncomfortable. I think we both have to master the nice level inside surfaces before the outside gets better. From the group input here, I think it just takes time. MY OS has told me I'll be 100% once I get my legs strengthened - that's what I'm counting on. He just diodn't tell me that it was going to take a lot more time than I thought. Stumbling across this group has helped my greatly with not getting discouraged with the healing time. Maybe its that "your not alone" feeling that helps.


Thanks to all who provided information on the type of casts they we're privileged to get to use. My my soft, rigid Velcro casts we're not as "secure" as the more solid rigid ones would have been (I did feel they provided for a small ROM - like, maybe a couple of degrees). MY OS told me it was better to avoid the plaster casts as much as possible because they weighted 3 times as much as the ones as I was given. Probably even if I initially had the plaster casts they would have been replaced with the Velcro ones after the staples we're removed.


Happy New Year to all. To the gym!!!

post #2340 of 10807

3 weeks post-op


Saw my OS this morning, told me my scar was healing well and he put me in a hinged brace set at 30 ROM. I must say I am a little nervous about bending my knee.

So far I have bent it to about 20 ROM, I guess have I have my work cut out for me. OS want's to see me again in 2 weeks and then set the brace to 60 ROM.

Was the first time trying to bend it a little nerve wracking for anyone else? I am just a bit freaked out about damaging the repair.



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