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post #3031 of 10807

Virginiacyclist,   You are definitely on a much more aggressive PT program than I was.  Was that prescribed by your OS and are you currently working with a PT?  I was allowed to return to cycling before given the OK to begin running (jogging).  I was allowed to begin a walk/jog program once I was able to walk pain free and without symptoms for 45 minutes with hills.  I used a treadmill and switched back and forth between flat and the highest incline setting on the treadmill (15 on mine) so that half of the 45 minutes were walking up hill.  I began the walk/jog program at about week 15.  The program I was given by my PT can be found on pg 92, post #2747 of this forum.  Once I completed the walk/jog program, I was given an advanced running program that can be found on page 95, post #2849.  I don't know about the PT or trainer to seek.  I know my PT personally and know him to be a runner and cyclist.  He also worked closely with my OS who work down the hall from each other.  During the running programs he really wanted me to get off the treadmill and run on a track or a surface similar.  I'd just caution not to begin jogging too soon and like your OS said, be respectful of the suregery.  There is a lot more stress on the repair site while jogging than cycling.  Another thing I did/do, but wasn't specifically prescribed by the PT, is to walk stairs.  I walk up and down stairs.  Once I did that easily, I walked up the stairs two at a time (but not descending) Sounds like you are doing pretty well though.  Do you have full ROM?


Best of luck...Ken

post #3032 of 10807

K-Allen:  My OS prescribed a basic set of PT exercises to get back to full ROM (did that quickly), weights to regain use of the quad and hamstring, and balancing exercises.  I've outgrown those, so they're liberating me in 4 weeks.  I'm going up and down stairs OK (not prescribed but a necessity in my multi-level house), able to run in place, and really hadn't thought about jogging until you brought it up.  I have the OK to be back on my roadbike in mid-July, so I'll be commuting 10 miles round-trip--it's a start and a wonderful start.  I'll ask my PT person the next time I see her to recommend a trainer, which sounds like what you did.  I used to enjoy jogging 4 - 6 miles (not a runner at all), and I don't want to lose that.  Any tips you can give would help.  Best of luck to you also, Ernie

post #3033 of 10807

Hi All,

This is me signing off for the last time having reached the 6-month mark yesterday (my op was 10 Dec 2010). I am so grateful for all the advice and discussion that I have benefited from on this thread. QTR is so rare that we're unlikely to have anyone we know to compare notes with - even PTs often lack experience with our condition.


Many have said that at 6 month you can expect to be about 90% recovered - and I have to agree. I have worked really hard on it, remaining very active from week one, and had hoped to be fully recovered by now but there is still a way to go. My screen name comes from my passion for open water swimming which I can now do to the same speed and extent as last year (great!). In daily life I now often forget about the injury, which I see as a good sign, but I am still petrified about ever stumbling or falling again (some psycological scars...). I've recently done some mountain hiking/biking just to prove that I can do it and it was more or less OK, so things are great overall.


The main remaining snags are related to my running. I used to take part in road races from 10km to half marathons. Strength, bounce, agility, endurance are all lacking somewhat. It is the whole leg that has the problems, not just the quads. Therefore my jog remains slow and a little asymmetric. On the treadmill I now run 5 km in 23 1/2 minutes (needs to be sub 20 min bofore I'll be entirely happy). On the road I am a lot slower than that, especially where the surface is uneven or there is a camber or downslope. The 5km on the road can take 28 minutes or so. There is no particular pain or swelling that stops me but rather sore or tight muscles that can be anywhere, even in the good leg (doing lots of stretching to get over it). Running is already enjoyable so I will definitely keep at it. Need to continue with strength training, skipping and such like. PT's advice is still to focus on single legged squats and hopping on one leg.


Finally - a comment on being operated late. I was operated 6 weeks after injury. Apart from the extendied period of muscular atrofy, the downsides are that I now have a large lump of artificial tendon clearly visible above the knee, which lacks normal feeling and flexibility. On the positive side the repair was neat and clean, healed quickly and felt very strong throughout.


I'll continue to log on from time to time to check on everyone's progress. Good luck to you all.

post #3034 of 10807

wow, thanks to virginia cyclist I started working stairs (dont have any at home) so I am working them at work. Very quickly was able to improve my downstairs abilities, now can go down steps with relative ease, just need to concentrate. Also am taking up stairs two at a time. I think this is a great work out at this point. I am 10 weeks out. have started light weights at the gym, very light leg ext and leg press with just two 45's a side for reps of 30. My OS had said no weights till 4 months, but I am doing similar light weights at PT so I figured it must be safe to incorporate light weights at the gym. My hamstring on the surgery side is about 80% back to pre injury strength and my quad itself is probably 40% pre injury strength. I think I should be off and running for serious lifting by 4 months time. I think steps are a great PT for the 8-12 week post op time. start with baby steps. one at a time, up step is concentric ctx and easier, once that is easy start with a very shallow down step. If unable to do that start with a slight flexion of the knee, bearing full body weight on affected side for 30 secs several reps. then start with the baby down steps. Progress is typically quick.


post #3035 of 10807

almost 8 weeks out, stairs are the big challenge now, had to cut them out of the daily routine, the pain and subsequent swelling have been too much.  patience seems to be the biggest challenge with this injury :-/ thanks Blue Belt and Virginia Cyclist for the inspiration to keep working on them!

post #3036 of 10807

Dear Blue Belt - Glad to have been of some small service.  All the folks on this list are positive, courageous, and just fantastic.  People who say that PT people are not familiar with quad surgery are right.  Their reactions vary from "you'll never bike long-distance again or get out of your saddle," to "go ahead and give it a try."  I think the recovery process is long, difficult, but ultimately successful if people don't listen to the naysayers and exhibit guts, tenacity, and some tolerance of pain.  I hate this injury, but I am proud of the people I've met and/or communicated with who refuse to take "No" for an answer and keep on chugging.  Life isn't for quitters and you all just rock. 


BTW - I've got a ways to go yet. 


Best - Ernie

post #3037 of 10807
Hey glider stairs will hurt at 8 weeks, just do real short ones...get a 2 inch block to step on, or rig something else short up....step up should be doable....step up for 3 sets of 15 reps, if difficult put the step near a table or something u can hold for support and hold on while u do it....you'd be surprised at how fastt u will improve. Let us j
Know how u do. Master step ups before moving to include step downs....good luck!
post #3038 of 10807

Accident 9/12/2010

Repair 9/16/2010

I'm 9 months removed from the accident and surgery and I'd guess the injured leg is about 90%.  It's really 100% in daily life (walking, stairs, etc...) but when I sprint, it's still just a little "different".  My wife says she can't see it in my gait but I can feel it, even though it's better and better all the time.  Maybe it's just mental.


The main reason I am posting is that I played golf Friday afternoon and am genuinely a poor golfer with a handicap of 20.  I was playing a course called The Tribute, which is made up several famous holes from links courses overseas.  I get to hole 5, which is a 116 yard par 3, with a stiff wind blowing left to right and the green also sloping left to right.  I threw it out into the wind (far left) in hopes it would come back towards the hold and it landed about 8 feet left of the hole and started crawling right.  One guy says, "That could go in!"  Another started to say he thought it was behind the hole but in mid-sentence, it fell in for a hole-in-one.  My first and probably last ever.  It was crazy and we started jumping all around.  For any of you golfers out there, I hope it's something you can experience at least once in your life.


Here is the hole http://www.thetributegc.com/5th.cfm

post #3039 of 10807

Blue Belt, thanks for the suggestion, that works much better with the shorter steps and I can see the progress already!




post #3040 of 10807

11 weeks

L QTR (avulsion)

49 yrs, 290 lbs 


Thought I'd throw a little update out there.  


Thoroughly blew out quad tendon raw squating in preparation for a meet.


I spent the first 6 weeks in an immobilizer with no weight bearing at all.  Started upper body weights twice a week with high (20) reps on bench,

curls, reverse rows and preses.  Leg remained immobilized and extended during workout.


Weeks 6 - 9 started working on AROM and weight bearing with immobilizer on. 

Week 8 I started pool walking 400 meters x 3/week.  Hit 90 degrees ROM in  week 9.

Week 10 walking unassisted and 115 degrees ROM.

Week 11 hit 5 minutes of full rotation on stationary bike at 120 degrees.  


Current workout:   Upper body 2x/week at 20 reps (no stress on left leg)

WEEK 11             1/2 squats x 20 reps x 3 sets on two bosu pads (pancake type inflatable pads);

                             20 reps x 3 sets of step-ups;

                             2 sets of clock walks (maintaining bad leg while extending good leg at 8 points on 1/2 the face of an imaginary clock on the floor);

                             5 minutes upright stationary bike.


My knee still feels like its wrapped in duct tape - big fun.     I do plan on stopping by and giving a complete account, if all continues to progress well,

at week 16.   This is when I plan on starting, albeit light, a deadlift program.   


I got to tell you if you are new to the board that the first 6 weeks sucks big.   You think this will last forever.   It doesn't.  Although victories are slow

they are hard fought.   Stay patient.   And most of all, find one or two folks on this board who are similar on ops date and similar in lifestyle.  

I was very forturnate enough to strike up a conversation on this board with Texas Diesel and Blue Belt 12.    TD was close to my size and used to powerlift.   Blue Belt suffered a very similar injury at about the same time.    We are close in age (44 vs. 49) and he was an active lifter before taking on Juijitsu along with the added benefit of being an ER doc.     I can't thank both of them enough.


So... be patient, be conservative, suck up the first 6-8 weeks; and find a few partners on this board.   








post #3041 of 10807

Hi All, I'm now 5 1/2 months post repair for the nightmare that was a total L quad tendon rupture, surgery Jan 3rd.  Its coming along.  Earlier this week I ran 4 miles outside with wind and hills in 37 minutes, so 9:15 pace.  I think I am more slowed by being out of running shape than the knee itself.  Today my wife and I rode 25 miles fairly hard, just under 80 minutes, then immediately ran 2.  My second running mile was 8:30.  Anyway, its coming along.  I do get a little swelling on running days, but not bad.  Running is way harder on the knee than swimming, biking, eliptical, or stairmaster.  I would say the knee is 80% or more now.  I plan to work up to 6 miles running, the 10K goal.  Still planning on Triathlon end of July, 1 mile swim, 25 bike, 10K run.  Now I really think I can do it and maybe not too far off last year's time of 2:35.  Funny how I can run OK straight forward, but trying to just shoot around basketball with the kids is still really hard.  Also I find it challenging to mow the lawn, at least the part I have to do with a push mower.  Overall things are getting better.  TD, congrats on that hole in one.  Everyone behind me, hang in there, it gets better.  Andy.

post #3042 of 10807

Hi all,


I rupture the quad tendon (right feet), on June 10, 2011-Surgery on Mon. the 20th.  I trip over a rope in a Las vegas hotel. I am 52yrs. and weight 245lbs. The first taught after my fall was-how soon can I get back on tennis court- Is it possible to bear weight with crutches after surgery?





post #3043 of 10807

my surgeon recommended weight bearing with brace on as soon as I was able. I used a walker at first then crutches by week 2 then a cane by week 3, partial weight bearing the whole time. By week 4 I was walking with brace and full weight bearing. at 2.5 weeks I started walking without the brace but only in 3 feet of water or more. This really helped my progress. Be absolutely careful any time your brace is off(shower or pool) in the first 6 weeks, the quad is only held in place by sutures and if you slip and rupture the repair in my surgeons words "you are screwed"....

post #3044 of 10807

Date of incident: June 12, 2011

Date of surgery: June 13, 2011


Age: 40, female.


I am so glad I found this site.  I have been sitting here crying my eyes out for an hour reading all the posts from people who have gone through what I am suffering with right now. I am 40 years of and very active. Although I am somewhat overweight, I go to the gym a few times per week, I golf every week and walk at minimum 5 kms. per day.


Seven days ago, I slipped on the last step going from the dock into the lake at the cottage.  I heard that POP sound and crumpled into the water screaming.  Thank god it was shallow and within minutes I had two people pull me out of the lake, but I was in absolute agony.  It felt like the lower half of my leg had been ripped off.  Being an advanced first-aider and certified with my local search and rescue organization, I instructed my rescuers on how to splint my leg with two pieces of 1x6 planks and a sheet torn into five strips to secure the leg.  After a 45-minute trek in the backseat of an SUV, on a dirt road, I made it to the hospital, where we were fortunate to have two paramedics reloading their ambulance come and assist me.  I was taken out of the car on a stretcher and brought into the Emergency department.  After a gruelling 4-hour wait and x-rays, the emerg. doctor told me that a piece of my kneecap was broken off and that I had to go home and return the next morning to see an orthopedic surgeon for further diagnosis.  After a rough night in total agony, I made it back to the hospital, where the OS touched around my knee and looked at the xray and told me I had a Quad Tear and would require surgery.  I was immediately admitted to the hospital and operated on that same night.


After surgery the OS told me my Quad was 75% torn and when it detached, it took a piece of the kneecap with it.  I was placed in a zimmer splint (wired back, with 6 velcro straps on the front and put on some insanely powerful meds. 


I spent two nights in the hospital then was released and sent home. 


Today is day 7 of incident and day 6 from surgery.  I am still in so much pain. I am told no weight bearing for 6 weeks, then physio will begin. There is no pain than I can describe greater than this, including child birth.


My day is basically spent on the sofa and going to and from the bathroom on crutches.  I have taken myself off the narcotics and seem to be reasonably managing the pain with x-tra strength Tylenol.  I am having a difficult time with getting up and using the crutches, as every movement seems to put pressure on the injured leg. 


I am fed up already and can see that I have so much further to go.  I can't stand being cooped up and not able to fend for myself.  I am a very hard worker and usually work 6-7 days per week.  Nighttimes are the worse for me.  I am sleeping only a couple at a time and that is when the pain is most severe.


I look forward to keeping up-to-date on this site and getting advice/information/support from all who are going through this same thing or from those success stories of all the people who have survived and rehabilitated themselves.


Thank you.




PS: I am seeing the OS on Thursday morning. 

post #3045 of 10807

Dear Lirod:  Welcome to the knee club.  Sorry this had to happen to you.  It's an injury that mostly happens to men over 40. 


If you have typical surgery, they will immobilize your knee for 6 weeks, then put you in PT and gradually allow you to increase your range of motion (ROM).  I had atypical surgery in that they reattached my L quad vs. surgical pins and pushed me into PT just 10 days later to begin regaining my ROM.  Anyway, the first 6 weeks are the hardest because, fundamentally, you are not in control of your own care except to rest and do what you are told.  Then begins the fun.  Here are a few tips:


1.  Regaining ROM:  It's OMG painful.  You will be able to do only 40 - 60 degrees at first, and the PT people will push your knee through the scar tissue to get you to 110 ROM as soon as possible, so you can begin more active PT.  As painful as that is, you just need to endure and not quit.  I saw people, especially older men, quit because regaining ROM  hurt so much.  In making that concession, they can never kneel again or walk well again, so just push-push-push through the pain.  That's one time when "no pain, no gain" actually holds.

2.  In PT, do exactly what they tell you to do, and when they give you homework, do that, again even if it hurts.  Failure to do so can result in an imbalanced gait and later result in knee, back, and hip problems.  Recovery is "a project" for the long-run.  It takes 6 - 12 months to fully get through it.

3.  Here's the most important tip:  DON'T LISTEN AND GIVE INTO THE NAYSAYERS.  I was told by people close to me, "OK, you'll never walk well again, you'll never bike well again, get a cane."  Even my own family told me that.  You need to be stubborn, believe in yourself, and tell the naysayers to leave you alone.  It's gutcheck time, and you need to be tough to get through this.  Listen only to positive people.  Be strong.


My injury was 2/28/11, surgery was 3/21/11, my first PT was 4/1/11.  Here's where I am now:  (1) Regained full ROM.  (2) Walked 7 miles on Saturday, no crutch, no cane, no brace.  And I walked it briskly.  (3) I am an avid long-distance cyclist.  Able to ride a trainer or stationary bike for an hour.  (4) Will be discharged from medical and PT care on 7/6/11.  Next steps:  Continue weight training for injured leg, get an athletic trainer, fully rehab the leg so I can ride to work in August and ride with my buds in the beautiful Virginia horsecountry next spring.




Best - Ernie 



post #3046 of 10807

Thanks for all the advise- This is the day of my surgery.  Hope to talk to you guys later. 




post #3047 of 10807

Fellow Quad Rippers:  Today is my 11 month anniversary of surgery.  I am not 100% yet although I feel darn good and am still making slow and steady progress. I fully expect to make a full recovery.  I have worked hard to get to where I'm at.  Saturday I'll be testing my knee on a 12 mile hike with about 4500 vertical feet.  I pass along this information so that those of you who are not as far along gain some perspective on the process.  I know some have healed up quicker and others have never regained 100% function.  I figure I'm probably in the middle of the pack.  Obtaining full recovery is a long, slow and arduous process.  Settle in for the long haul and know you will get where you want to go.  Best to all.  Brian

post #3048 of 10807

Thank you Virginiacyclist and brianfay for all the hope, advice and encouragement.  I am so glad I found this forum.  It helps so much knowing what others went through and being able to get information on people who are at different stages in the recovery process.


Today is day 8 and although the pain is under control, I am feeling a lot of tingling in my lower leg and still figuring out how to get around with crutches and fending a little for myself.  Can't wait to see what the OS has to say for my post-op appointment Thursday.

post #3049 of 10807

Thanks and let us know how it's going. This blog is indispensable when you are feeling dark. 

post #3050 of 10807

to any new folks. Wear your brace all the time the first 6 weeks, accept in shower and IMO at 2-3 weeks VERY CAREFULLY walking in lap pool.. Do tons of straight leg raises in the brace. If you can lay on your back and raise your leg straight about 18 inches off the bed and do 3 sets of 15-20 reps easy, start to gradually add weight. Use a 1 pound ankle weight to start and do the 3 sets of 15-20, move up to 2.5 lbs then 5lbs then 7.5 then 10 pounds as you tolerate it. You can get these ankle weights cheap at Ross. You should feel only mild discomfort at the surgical site usually on the last few reps. Do these straight leg raises every day. Always do them with the brace on. These are very important in salvaging some quad muscle, if u don't do them u will be ok, but you will definitely prolong your recovery as your quad atrophy will be greater.

post #3051 of 10807

Fellow Quad Rippers,


I haven't checked in in a while, but thought I'd let you all know where I am and perhaps give a ray of hope to those now in the recovery phase.  July 4 will by my 11th month anniversary of my bilateral quad ruptures and surgery.  I was very lucky to have gotten on the table within hours of my accident.  I would guess that I am about 95% recovered in all things except my ROM.  I was never terribly flexible, but I'm still working on getting more ROM.  To assist in that effort I've been doing yoga 1-2 times a week and I would highly recommend it to everyone once you are healed up enough.  Holding poses really stresses all those little stabilizer muscles and has helped my overall leg strength.  Last week I did my first real hike up in the White Mts, only about 6 miles and 2000 feet of vertical, but I felt good.  Kind of slow coming down, but that is more due to my cranky knee joints than the injury.  I've been ramping up my running very very slowly, again more to get my joints used to running again after a year than concern about the injury.  I have always been a runner so I have a great desire to get back at it.  I do a variety of warmup exercises, skips, lateral movements and jogging with high knees and then I run.  So far, so good and can now run about 8/mile.  Not pushing that at all.  As I've said before, I cross country skiied 53 times this winter, eventually for up to 2 hours at a time and while not strong, I was out there keeping up with the kids I coach.  I even hopped in 3 of our Tues night races here in the Boston area and did very respectably back in Feb.  Been biking and rollerskiing, so all in all my life is back to normal. 


Brianfay, enjoy that hike!  You'll discover some strength issues, but that will come with time.  It took some effort to do big steps up on rocks higher up on the mountain since that is beyond the range of motion of a stairmaster or standing on the pedals when biking and the same with big steps down.  I use hiking poles on the downhills and that helps. 


So, my advice is pay attention to the doctors and PT people, its a long, slow healing process, an annoyingly frustrating injury, especially when its both legs, but when they say go, start walking a ton with those friggin braces on, take the stairs when the braces come off, get in the pool for swimming and walking, get outdoors and walk everywhere and before too long you'll be back doing what you like to do.  I did my first cross country ski 5 months after my injury, very tenuously at first, but it came back fast.  Ramp up slowly with the running, its much more stressful than walking or biking. 


Hang in there!

post #3052 of 10807

nordic racer,  it sounds like you are doing quite well.  I have a hard time comprehending bilateral quad ruptures.  Good on you getting back to where you are.  The hike on saturday wound up being 14 miles with 5000 vertical feet.  The trail was quite steep in places.  The knee held up very well --- collapsed my trekking poles and ran most of the way down.  You're right about the leg strength --- still not all the way there.  Hopefully by ski season it'll be 100%.  Best to all.  Work hard and be patient.  Brian

post #3053 of 10807

Glad to see most are doing well.... however I am far behind where I expected to be at this point. I am 5 months plus past surgery and still having major problems with swelling and knee buckling. I can walk without a cane but have to lock the quad on each and every step so my pace is very slow and the gait is awkward.

My OS has a GOD complex and last appointment (two months ago) we had a major blow up with him getting upset at me because my recovery  was not going fast enough. The swelling has never gone down but he said that is not causing any of my problems????? I work at  exercising the leg at least an hour a day, along with walking two hours, and an hour of NMETS ( electrical stimulation). My primary has scheduled a MRI on Friday and a second OS opinion to follow.

I don't expect to be able to run or jump on the repaired leg anytime soon  but I would like to be able to walk somewhat normally again.

post #3054 of 10807

sorry to here getting there....that blows definately 2nd opinion time. I am nearing the 3 month mark and ROM is near 80% of the uninjured leg. There is really only a small amt of scar tissue evident laterally at the knee cap which seems to be preventing full ROM. My weight is at 214 which was my pr injury wt and my strength is equal to pre injury everywhere except the quad is about 50% and the hamstring 80%. Upper body never really suffered. cardio is coming back as i am on my elliptical again. Size is nearly 90% of the uninjured leg. Up stairs is easy can take two at a time and often forget which leg had surgery. Downstairs still a bit of a challenge and have to concentrate. bigggfred's duct tape phenomenon is real and I am thankful mine is about 80% resolved. all in all I am very happy. I have been doing light squats and leg presses and hack squats even though my OS had told me to wait till 4 months. I feel my 30 years in the gym leaves me an 'expert" in what my quad can handle, surgery or not. I keep reps in the 20-50 range to add in a safety net. I am certain now that when my surgeon gives me the green light(4 month mark) I will need about one month to regain my pre injury strength and mobility, which means essentially full recovery at 5 months. This is far better then i anticipated. I attribute my good fortune to a great and aggressive surgeon and PT as well as my ability to purchase professional PT equipment for my daily home use, DMS, US, EMS. I have definately been religious about my rehab. One strong recommendation I would make as a doc myself, if your surgeon is not making you happy demand a 2nd opinion. Most insurances recognize the legitamcy of this. research your second choice extremely well thru the web. Good luck bros and sistas


post #3055 of 10807

Today is day 17 post surgery and although I am able to do more and more everyday, I am finding time very long and experiencing different aches and pains.  I am getting a lot of swelling in the leg and foot, probably due to being up and around a little more (with crutches - no weight bearing for 6 weeks). When it gets really swollen, I go out onto the deck and sit in my zero gravity chair, which forces leg above heart level and that helps tremendously. I am also getting lots of jabbing pains right on the top of the knee cap, strong enough that they are waking me up at night. I am finally mastering stairs with the crutches and figuring out how to fend for myself during the day while everyone else is working. 


Blue Belt I am so hoping to be at the same point as you are at the 5 month mark.  I can't wait for physio to begin (see OS July 18th).  I know it will be hard and painful, but I am definitely a stubborn one and I know I will push through the pain and get back on both feet again and hopefully function at the 90-100% mark.


Whether you are from Canada or the US, have a wonderful long weekend and hopefully enjoy some great weather.  :)

post #3056 of 10807

youll get there Lirod. Just be super careful the first 8 weeks when out of the brace. good luck and hang in there everyone.

post #3057 of 10807

Hey Blue Belt, can you translate any of this into English?


Well I received the results of the MRI and even if I don't understand all (OR ANY) of the jargon I don't think any of it is good: There is a complex tear extending to the superior and inferior in the medial meniscus, a abnormality in the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus, gross deformity and thickening of the distal quad tendon, proximal patellar tendinosis, moderate joint effusion, and severe articular cartilage degenerative changes in the medial femorotibial and lateral patellofemoral compartments, and last but not least a tear of the medial patellar retinaculum.


At least I can understand why I am not healing from the quad rupture as fast as I felt I should with all of this other crap happening.

post #3058 of 10807

Hello Everyone...It's 1am and I just found this thread... I'm so happy to find friends with the same injury.ptella and went under the knife within 10 hours. I'm currently waiting to go to physical therapy in 2  weeks. I was wondering if anyone has any tips for me at this point of recovery. I'm 41, and jumped off a city diving board that malfunctioned so there was no bounce at the tip of the board,,,,, My left knee exploded at inpact...I felt so alone and depressed, not to many people understand the pain and trauma this injury can cause. I hope someone can give me some advice.. I'm currently in a straight leg brace letting my injury heal waiting to start therepy. Thanks for all the post, i'm going to start reading everyones and keep mine up dated. Mike



post #3059 of 10807

Hey Mmiller.

Welcome to the site.  I am pretty new to the site as my injury was only 4 weeks ago.  Tore quad tendon and broke a piece of kneecap off while stepping into the lake and slipping on the last step.  I had surgery the next day and see the OS next Monday and am hoping he will start letting me bear weight on my leg and start physio, but who knows.  I am also 41 (female) and I totally understand how you feel when you talk about depression.  It's terribly hard to not be working and so limited in everything that you do.  I feel like I've lost my entire summer, but am also determined to work hard and push through pain once physio can begin.  I am trying to be as positive as I can, but it's not easy at times.  Good luck.

post #3060 of 10807



Sorry to hear about your injury but glad you found this board.  It made a world of difference for me.    A few questions (and I ask these more for the community - the more folks know the more they can help):


Did you have a full detachment of your quadriceps tendon or patellar tendon?  

Was it an avulsion (completely ruptured with part of the patella along for the ride)?

Was the surgery drilled through the knee or attached to anchors?


Dang, I never heard of this happening on a diving board.  Did you fall into the water or collapse on the board?


From an advice standpoint I can tell you the first 6 weeks are the hardest but the most important.   Be patient and conservative.  


Good luck. 




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