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.
Hi blue Belt 2012. I'm 7 days post op for a QTR on my right leg. I was told to expect six weeks in the immobilizer with no weight bearing. I havent been given any PT assignments so far. My first return to the hospital will be on the 18thAs for the straight leg raises.... wow... that sounds scary!.... I tore my quad not from the patella but up where it attaches to the quad group of muscles. In the MRI I could literally see the tendon which looked a lot like a belt extending up from the patella and then curling up as if it snapped... I would imagine my OS sutured the tendon back to some kind of attachment point in the quad muscle group. I'd LOVE to start building up my quads with straight leg raises but Im afraid of the tendon pulling out the sutures. Is my fear ungrounded?