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post #3151 of 10802

Hi all greetings from Northern Ireland


 I only came across the fourm today. I wish I had found it earlier as I am now 5 months after my injury and I think it has been helpful reading everyones experence of the same injury


I had my operation for a full OTR on 12th May. I was in a knee brace locked for 5-6 weeks then 40% for 4 weeks, 70% for 4 and 90% for 4 weeks. I am off the crutches and out of the brace for around 7 weeks now. Weight bearing has never been much of a problem for me I still can't get the knee bent more than about 90% sitting and a bit less if lifting my leg behind me.


I am now able to use an exercise bike for 15 minutes along with my other physio work which is helping, I can't receive ultrasound for tissue damage as there is still numbness around the knee and physio said it could burn me without me knowing.


My user name might tell you I am a postman so I need my legs working, I hope to return to work within the next two weeks on a rehab programme but the surgeon has told me I am still 2-3 months away from returning to full duties.


In closing good luck to everyone in post operation rehab. 




post #3152 of 10802

Welcome Post and Frank,


Frank, I understand your stress about getting back to work.  I had my QTR surgery on July 21.  I am a school teacher and started back to work on August 17.  My OS wanted me to go back to work on Oct 1, but no way i could take the time off.  I propped my leg up in a chair every few minutes I could, iced it and suffered through it.  I could drive only because it was my left leg.  I am just shy of full ROM now.  Still have pain and fluid some, but I am walking almost normally and riding a bike when time affords.  Just be careful and very aware when attempting to go down or up stairs.  I wish both of you luck in your recovery process.  It is s-l-o-w and painful with many inconveniences, but time will eventually grant you normalcy. Please keep us posted of your progress!

post #3153 of 10802

Thank you for your response whess3298. For few days i thught I was on my own without a reply from anyone on this site. I am still afraid of my situation. how did you get your leg in and out of your car to drive? since it was immobilized? How did you go up and down the stairs? I hav 8 steps to the front door of my house. I can go up but cant figure how to go down the steep steps. My injured leg is also my left leg. I am not sure what I should be feeling in my knee at almost 3 weeks post op.I have not been given any rehab to perform yet and will be going back to the OS 3 weeks today hopefully to remove my leg immobilizer. Am I risking damage to my knee by trying to go to work? drive the car? You sound less afraid than I am. Maybe I just need some confidence that i can do this. Any info you or anyone can share would be greatly appreciated. Hope you are doing well today.

post #3154 of 10802

Frank,  You are certainly not alone.  I am 10 1/2 months since my surgery to repair my RQTR.  Things will improve.  I have a desk job, but was back at work after about a week and a half.  I couldn't drive though since it was my right leg so carpooled for a month or so.  If it were my left I probably would have driven sooner.  The biggest constraint is whether or not you can sit in the drivers seat with your leg fully extended.  I was fairly mobile, all things considered, early on.  I was allowed weight bearing as tolerated from the beginning but immobilized with no flexion for 6 weeks.  I didn't use the crutches long and maneuvered stairs with just the good leg and a crutch.  I have a 2 story house so it was a regular occurrence.  Take notice and appreciate each of the small victories.  Each one helps you feel more "normal" and gets you through the dark moments we all go through. Take a look through the forum there are a lot of experiences and advice to help you through it.  Believe it or not, you're about half way through the toughest part.  Once you get to the  followup and PT begins you'll make great strides.  Best of luck to you and let us know how you are doing.



post #3155 of 10802

Thank you for your rely KAllen. I am terrified that I will somehow do more damage to my leg :( What kind of car did you have to be able to get your immobilized leg into the car? I have a jeep and a smaller hyundai elantra, how did you get your leg in and out of the car? I am afraid  of falling and can I do additional damage to my leg by trying to get it in the car? How about the steps? Again I am afraid of falling but I do need to use them. Any help would be appreciated. I am 57 always an athelete and for the first time have suffered a major injuty. I am really scared. Thanks for your kind words.

post #3156 of 10802

Thank you for your rely KAllen. I am terrified that I will somehow do more damage to my leg :( What kind of car did you have to be able to get your immobilized leg into the car? I have a jeep and a smaller hyundai elantra, how did you get your leg in and out of the car? I am afraid  of falling and can I do additional damage to my leg by trying to get it in the car? How about the steps? Again I am afraid of falling but I do need to use them. Any help would be appreciated. I am 57 always an athelete and for the first time have suffered a major injuty. I am really scared. Thanks for your kind words.

post #3157 of 10802

Frank,  We have 3 cars.  I could move the seat far enough back in our BMW, but not our Nissan Frontier nor the Honda Odyssey.  I had to wait until PT allowed a little bend in the knee to sit in the front of those 2 vehicles.  As far as getting into the vehicle with the knee immobilized I moved the leg around at the hip.  I was able to fairly easily perform straight leg raises which was prescribed by the OS from day one.  And just jockeyed around to get the right angles to maneuver into the vehicle.  For me, getting in on the driver side was easier than the passenger side since my right leg was injured.  As I mentioned, I was allowed weight bearing as tolerated and was full weight bearing (while immobilized) within a week.  I was able to go down stairs one step at a time leading with the good leg, but was much quicker just hopping up and down the steps on the one leg.  By all means do not try something you are not confident in that would risk re-injury, you are half way through the most critical phase.  When you are fully immobilized with 0 deg flexion your leg is a closed chain and there is no or very little stress to the injury site.  Best of luck, brighter days ahead.



post #3158 of 10802

The leg immobilzer should allow you to down stairs if you have a railing and use your crutch on the good side. There is a saying to help you remember which leg to lead with..good legs go to heaven bad legs go to hell. To go down you lead with the bad leg and bring your good leg down to the same stair but hold on to the railing. I don't know if it is right but I put the crutch or now the cane onto the stair on the good  side I am stepping down to,  step down with the bad leg and then bring the good down and repeat. When they first told me to step down first with the bad leg I thought they were crazy. With the brace your bad leg can't bend now so it makes sense. It is scary at first but it becomes easier, I had more trouble making myself go down the stairs after they removed the brace due to fear of buckling. I still make sure that I am holding the hand rail and I still go up and down one step at a time, it may not look good but it is safe. Good luck!

post #3159 of 10802

getting there: good point, lead with good leg going up the stairs and the bad leg going down the stairs.

post #3160 of 10802

A simple description I heard for up and down the stairs was Good leg to Heaven (UP) and Bad leg to hell (DOWN)


Reading the posts I don't know if I should worry or take hope as I am at around 90% and have been told by the Physio and Doctor I will only get up to around 100%. I am not sure if anyone else is stuck around this percentage. But I will not give up hope of getting a little bit more movement 

post #3161 of 10802

Thank you for the replies. In the past 2 days I am experiecing some pain in the injured leg. The pain is not in the patella but the side of my knee. is this normal? a concern? The immobilizer has been on the entire time since the operation. maybe its just the position i am sitting in.

post #3162 of 10802

Frank,  I think that is normal.  You'll probably feel all sorts of feelings and sensations around the knee over the coming months.  As long as the immobilzer is on it should keep the knee safe.



post #3163 of 10802

Hi Frank. I am one of the vets so to speak. I followed KAllen's posts closely when my injury occured. He was about a month ahead of me during this nightmare. I had a full tear, left leg in Dec. I too had some severe pain on the inside side of my knee. The OS and later the therapist both attributed it to scar tissue and patella tracking issues. It should go away in time. If you are really worried, as I was, talk to your OS. Not to scare you, but you are likely to feel a lot of different pains in a lot of different areas. My OS was very conservative. I was in the immobilizer for a full 12 weeks, only able to take it off to use the cpm machine, and during therapy which didn't begin until week 8. I was not allowed to drive until the brace was off at 12 weeks. There will be highs and lows as I am sure you have read, good days, bad days, and days that you may feel hopeless. That being said, as KAllen said, when you begin therapy things will improve quickly. It's not easy, and sometimes just downright painful, but it will get better. I didn't have full range of motion until around week 18, and that was still with a slight amount of discomfort. Some of the best advice I could give you is to go back in this forum to the pages in the 80's and read the posts from KAllen, TexasDiesel, myself and a lot of the others. Not to say that you won't find good advice in the more recent posts, but you can see the improvement that us "vets" have shown. At 9 1/2 months I still have some discomfort going up and down stairs, however it is not painful any more, and for the most part I can do anything I could do before the tear. Matter of fact, just got up on my second story roof yesterday to clean gutters. I was horrified at first, but once you realize you can do something, it gives you a great deal of confidence. In the beginning of this journey, even small accomplishments are confidence builders. The last few posts have given you very good advice on how to attack stairs, and just to assure you, you are very unlikely to hurt your repair as long as you have the immobilizer on. Just hang in there, and stay on this forum. It is very comforting at times to be able to communicate with others that are sharing this horror story with you, and stay focused on the fact that this is, however horrible, only temporary.


Hope you have a great day Frank,

Rick - inpatientguy


To Postieged - My therapist and OS told me the same thing. Both said they would be happy if I achieved 100 - 110*. My normal ROM was 140*. My repaired leg is now at 137*. A lot of it depends on how hard you are willing to work. It's becomes kind of like a job, and you really do have to commit to it to see good results. Again, if you go back to the posts from KAllen and TexasDeisel, (pages in the 80's) as they both have some excellent exercises to help with strengthening and ROM. 

post #3164 of 10802

Frank ....

As others have said, it will get better.  I was also very glad to find this site, and surprised at the variance in treatment schedules that the OS's establish for us.  My injury was August 1, 2011, surgery Aug 18, and today I am at seven weeks since the surgery. I've always been athletic, and I'm 59.   My OS said no weight bearing for the first 4 weeks (I cheated and started about 2 weeks), and I started the CPM the day after surgery.  I reached 90 degrees ROM by just over two weeks, and 125 by three. I started PT at two weeks-- mainly to increase ROM and to reduce muscle loss.   I still have stiffness and less available ROM with swelling. I'm still not permitted any resistive exercises (cheating on that too), and based on early posts here, I've done a bit of water therapy (walking laps in the pool). I am walking with a cane out of the house, no cane inside.  I'm concerned about falling (due to knee buckling) but I move slow and deliberate and have not had any problems.  The quad is very weak, so I don't trust it.  Oh, and I forgot to mention, I have not worn a brace since the surgery, other than to and from the doctor's office.  My injury occured on the job, 2000 miles away from home. 

The OS has finally approved me to go back to work (I had to beg and argue even though I mostly do desk work).  I am anxious to start exercising and regaining strength to return to all my normal activities.  Hang it there, I feel like it gets better everyday. 

The info I've found here has been very encouraging, and pretty much spot on for my situation.

Good Luck.


CAHighDesert --- Howard

post #3165 of 10802

Thanks Inpatientguy reading the posts on there I think we may be too careful in the UK as it was around 7-8 weeks before I seen a physio and started to do any work on my recovery.

I have started to see an improvement the past few weeks since being able to use the bike and I do intend to carry on, I would be happy if I got to around 120%.  

post #3166 of 10802

Thanks for all of the replies which are helping me through this. It is day 22 post op and I managed to get down the steps from my house and actually used the crutches outside. To me it was signifigant. Although I had a lot of problems getting up the steps. Even though my injured left leg is in the immoboilizer it felt like it was going to collapse even though it was straight. I guess my mind is playing tricks on me. After 3 weeks am I progressing to where I should be? I can't do leg raises with the leg. Again thanks to Ken, Howard and Rick for your comments.You are helping me.

post #3167 of 10802

So this looks to be the Torn Quadriceps tendon forum for all English speaking humanity.  it has been very helpful reading through the various comments.  In terms of my story so far, here it is.


I sustained my injury on August 18th while running down a hill on some loose gravel.  I tried to stop short and pivot on my right leg which failed.  I had surgery to repair / reattach the tendon along with the lateral and medial renticulums on the 24th.  Apparently, all the surgeons in Boston are on vacation in August so it took a while to find someone I was happy with to do the work.  the surgeon was pleased with how the operation went and felt that I should have an easy recovery and good long term outcome.  The first couple of days post surgery where pretty shitty, especially right around the time the nerve block wore off.  It seemed like the narcotics did not really put much of a dent in the pain.  About a week out though, things calmed down a whole lot and there has not been any pain since.  Just the odd twinge here and there and the "discomfort" associated with working the leg for PT.  Recovery has been "ahead of schedule" according to my PT and the surgeon.  7 weeks into things, I am "walking" and can achieve about 110 degrees of flexion.  So far the PT has focused on ROM and some non weight bearing work limited range of motion work for the quad group.  My next doctors visit is two weeks away and I expect to get clearance to start using a stationary bike, a rowing machine, some less limited range of motion work and hopefully learning to walk without the brace.


In terms of background, I am male, 6'2" 170#, 48 years old, ran competitively in college and was running 25 to 40 MPW before the injury.  I also kiteboard ( 50-75 sessions per year ), tele ski ( 10 to 15 days per year ), mountain bike ( 10 - 20 rides per year ) and I often ride to work in the summer ( about 25 miles round trip).


I figure this year's ski season is shot and I may be able to get back on the water to kiteboard by the end of the winter ( i will be taking a trip to someplace warm!)



post #3168 of 10802


Hello Everyone.  I'm also part of this club and can say that it has been most helpful in my recovery.  I believe I have read most pages in this thread.  Quite a bit of reading but I did have plenty of time smile.gif


My story -


I was headed downstairs (at home) on July 25th and my left foot managed to find a DVD case my son left on the step (I told him to take that to his room!).  So, after surfing on the case a couple of steps I lost complete balance and came down very awkward on my right leg, accompanied by a loud POP!  I hit the bottom landing & rolled around in pain, waking my wife & son.  It felt as if someone hit me in the thigh with a sledgehammer.  I thought I had broken my femur.


Spent several hours in the Emergency Room getting x-rays along with an injection of very good painkiller.  I was diagnosed with a fractured patella (broken knee), sent home with pain killers and a mandate to see an Orthopedic Specialist ASAP.


An OS was recommended by a by a family friend who was able to see me right away.  He took a look at my knee, very swollen & bruised  and said it wasn’t the knee cap but the quadriceps tendon.  He knew there was a tear just didn’t know how bad.  Off to get MRI.  MRI revealed a complete tear.  OS said I need surgery ASAP.


Surgury Aug 3rd.  Woke up in recovery in some kind of pain, the nerve block didn't take.  They gave me another along with a shot of the good stuff.  Home that afternoon and 4-5 days of serious discomfort.  You all know how that went...


I started therapy after 7 weeks.  1 week later the OS allow 70deg flex in the brace (brace had been locked at 0).  I quickly moved to 90deg and last week went to 105.  The therapist had me doing weightless leg presses and got me on the bike wit the seat pretty high.  It was uncomfortable to start but after a couple of minutes it smoothed out.  The next morning I was VERY sore!  Note - I no longer use the crutches and the brace only in a crowd or on rough terrain.  I still tire easy and have constant swelling but for the most part feel good.


Like others say, it takes time.  I believe it has been harder mentally.  The first few weeks were very trying with severe depression.  I was standing on line the other day, no crutches, no brace and although sore, I couldn't believe I was standing and walking.  It was gratifying.  Take a measure of satisfaction in the small wins and remember that it's a marathon not a sprint.


Thanks for all the help my QTR brothers & sisters!  I had not even heard of this injury before, now I'm part of a select club!

post #3169 of 10802

Maybe a few of you guys might be able to give me a perspective of what to expect when I see the OS on Oct 26th. It will be Six weeks post op. As I have mentioned I am in an immobilizer with some pain when I move the leg in certain directions. I think I am getting the immobilizer off on the 26th and if so will I go to a brace or nothing at all? How long with the crutches? My OS has told me nothing other than don't worry, its healing and you will be fine. Thanks.

post #3170 of 10802
I'd guess you will be in a brace you can open to 40 degrees, the ability to bear weight, and a prescription for PT. He'll want you 90 degrees ROM in 2 weeks.
post #3171 of 10802

Thanks Texas diesel. I am bearing full weight now. My OS has said nothing other than I will need several months of rehab. The people on this forum are my only source of information. Any further thoughts from anyone would be graetly appreciated.

post #3172 of 10802

Frank,  I'd be surprised if you went from a brace to nothing at all.  My PT took me out of the brace, back to crutches, then to one crutch, then no crutches.  It doesn't take long though.  My PT wouldn't allow me to walk unassisted with a limp.  The initial phase of PT focuses on ROM.



post #3173 of 10802

Thanks Ken. Does it sound reasonable to go from the immobilizer to a brace? That it is what I am thinking.

post #3174 of 10802

I found this forum the day after my surgery, and have since then read at least 1000 posts, both past and present. My time line for my injury and the present recovery process is as follows:

Wed 8/24 - Walking down the steps of my home. My right leg slipped out from under me, and my left leg folded up under me as I fell backwards onto the steps. Heard a 'pop' an felt an incredible amount of pain in my left knee. Immediately grabbed my left knee and felt a lump above my kneecap. I knew then that I had really bad injury. I've never felt pain like that before. My daughter, who was outside at the time, told me that she thought my screams were actually our dog howling in pain. What the heck must I have sounded like?

My immediate fear in the ER was that my kneecap was split in half, because it appeared that part of my kneecap had slid down my shin, and the other half slid up my thigh. I had an x-ray taken of my knee, which confirmed that nothing had been broken. The doctor felt above my knee, and told me that I more than likely tore my quad tendon, and that the lump above my kneecap was my tendon and accompanying thigh muscles that had ripped away, and that the entire kneecap had slid down. He put me in an immobilizer, gave me some pain meds, and told me to see an orthopedist the next day.

My mood went from being in pain to that of being very angry at myself. Why didn't I just stay in bed when I went to bed that evening? Why did I have to climb down the stairs one final time that evening. I got injured "FALLING DOWN THE STEPS". There wasn't going to be any cool 'I got hurt while running with the bulls' in Spain. No manly sports related injury! I "FELL DOWN THE FRIGGIN STEPS". Ugh! Here I am, a 49 year old man, who has been diligently working out since I was 14 years old, and now I look down at this mess that used to be my knee. All because of a stupid staircase. Ugh!

Thur 8/25 - Saw the orthopedist. Took one look at my knee and said he needed schedule surgery as soon as possible. Honestly, I was glad the hear him say that because I just wanted to begin the repair phase. I couldn't stand the thought of
status quo, even if only for a few days. He scheduled outpatient surgery for the next day.

Fri 8/26 - Surgery in the early AM. Out by 10:15 am. OS confirmed that it was a complete tear, and that he drilled some holes in my kneecap to attach my tendon. He also mentioned that he was happy with the repair. The fact that he said that lifted my spirits somewhat. I had a soft cast from my hip to my ankle, and I was on my way home with pain meds and a nerve block. Said he wanted to see me on Tuesday for a follow up. Pain meds were few and far between that day, and I'm thinking 'this ain't so bad'! Nerve block wore off after 24 hours, and the pain meds were popping like PEZ candy!

Tue 8/30 - In panic mode as I head for my follow up appointment. The reason I'm in panic mode is that I had found this forum over that weekend, and had read the many horror stories. Not necessarily of the injuries themselves, but of the treatments. Especially vivid in my mind were the stories of those who were immobilized for what seemed like forever. That can't be me, I thought. I'll go crazy. Is my OS gonna put me in a full leg cast at my follow up? But he said he was happy with the repair! Why did I have to read that forum over the weekend? I'm all worked up now.

The OS ripped off my soft cast, took a look at my knee, said the sutures looked good, and put back on the immobilizer that I had recieved from the ER on the night of the injury. Then he shocked me by telling me that I was allowed to bear weight on my injured leg. Wow! Music to my ears. Not that I really wanted to bear weight on that leg any time soon, but it was nice to hear that I was allowed to. I bolted to the exit before the OS could change his mind. Scheduled an appointment to have my sutures removed on 9/6.

Returned to work on 8/31, and did more weight bearing than I had expected to do. I retained my ability to drive, though getting in and out of my suv was an ordeal. So all-in-all, I had a good week. Better than I expected, considering a lot of the stories I had read, I felt blessed. My fingers were still crossed that my OS would leave my leg be after removing my sutures. (ie - NO CAST)

Tue 9/6 - Suture removal! Went home with the same immobilizer. OS said he wanted me to practice improving my ROM over the next two weeks, and said he would fit me for an adjustable ROM brace at my next visit. This was all I needed to hear. I was so thrilled to be given the ok to do something! My OS was obviously taking an aggressive approach with me, and being the impatient patient that I am, I was thrilled.


I go home in the best of moods and take my immobilizer off prepping myself for my first awesome ROM improvement exercise. I look down at my leg, and realization hits me. HARD! My leg is not a leg right now! It is a piece of limp tissue hanging from my hip to my foot. There is no strength, no stability, and damnit if I didn't break down at that moment. Maybe my OS doesn't know what he's doing. Maybe I'm just too damn impatient. What's normal? Gotta go read more of that forum!

Over the next two weeks, three times a day, I spent flexing, and stretching and bending my knee. The pain was intense, and the swelling that resulted was unbearable at times. The progress was slow, but I knew I had to prove to the OS that he was on the right track with me. Sounds crazy, but I felt as though he was challenging me. Those 2 weeks really sucked. However, I did at times go without crutches, doing the 'frankenstein walk' for short stints over those weeks, so I knew I was improving.

Tue 9/20 - 4 weeks post-op follow-up. (Actually 3 weeks, 4 days). ROM at about 45 degrees. Put on a good face as I really wanted to leave with that ROM knee brace, which I did, locked at 45 degrees. OS told me that whatever I was doing was working well, and to continue. I was also able to return to the gym and work my upper body.

Crutches went away, and my spirit soared. Over the next two weeks, I increased my ROM to 110 degrees, and was walking unaided (no brace/no crutch) on track at my health club, as well as using the stationary bicycle. My knee still swelled like a balloon after working it, and there was still some numbness, but I didn't care. Progress is progress, right? My 6 week post-op was upcoming, and I wanted to ask about upping my ROM brace to 90 degrees.

Tue 10/4 - 6 weeks post-op - Couldn't have been in a better mood at my appointment. ROM at 110 degrees and left leg nearly identical to my right in size and muscularity. The hour-per-day home leg workouts have really paid off, not to mention the many hours spent walking at work. I ask the OS if he could increase the ROM brace to 90 degrees. He says, I'll do you one better "Lose the brace". Uh.......OK! The look I gave home was one of "WHAT! Are you crazy?". He read me well, because he ended up telling me that he would have the brace adjusted to 90 degrees, and that I can use it until I feel comfortable without it. I felt like a million dollars with my knee able to flex that much, but with still the knowledge that it is still protected in case of a slip. I got to work after my appointment and walked the 5 flights of stairs to my office without the help of the railing. Since then, I've been practicing walking down as well, but it's very nerve wracking, and very unsteady.

Today is Monday 10/10, and the brace came off for good. I am using a neoprene sleeve for the rest of the week. I feel I need something there for now. If only as a reminder to be careful. I did a leg workout at the gym yesterday. (Leg extensions - no weight, Leg curls - moderate weight, abduction and adduction). First real gym leg workout since my injury. The fall is still fresh in my mind, I suppose. As is the pain that was involved, and the fact that I don't ever want it to happen again. So I guess my apprehension of going without anything is somewhat justifiable. But I plan on removing the sleeve by the end of the week.

I know I still have a ways to go. I feel very lucky that things have gone as well as they have up till now. But make no mistake, I don't foresee myself as 100% anytime soon. I have a terrific OS who believes in his aggressive approach. One thing that has been very apparent from reading these posts is that there is a variety of opinion on how to properly treat this injury.I believe I lucked out with my OS having the approach that fit my personality. I have scheduled an appointment with him on 11/2 that, according to him, should be my final one.

For all those who are well on their way to recovery, thanks for contributing to this forum. It has been an eye opener and an inspiration to me. It's really nice to see that there are other people out there going through the same thing, and sharing thoughts, pains and triumphs.

For all those who are early on in their recovery, hang in there. Whether it takes 6 weeks or 6 months to get up and moving, it's still only a small fraction of your lifetime. As Stairsurfer (love the name, btw) eluded to, "small wins" is what it's all about! You will appreciate every little triumph. Guaranteed!


post #3175 of 10802

Frank, My advice is to go with whatever your OS recommends.  Although there are many different protocols for recovery I can only assume his regimen will be based on your injury, what he found in there, etc.  My OS had me locked for 6 weeks.  I too read some of the other posts where their OS allowed for ROM work after a few weeks or setting the brace at 30 or 45 deg immediately.  In the end we'll all get there.  I asked my OS at my 3 wk appt. about what I've read here and how others are allowed to unlock to 30deg.  He said it would be OK to do along with some passive ROM exercises, however, he still recommended 6 wks at 0.  Reason - Even with the brace locked at 0 you're actually ~15deg as there is some movement in the brace.  He also said that it is easier to get the ROM working both ways while staying at 0deg for the 6 wks.  When I came out of the brace after 6 weeks my ROM was measured at 60deg, however, I could not get my leg to 0.  As others will confirm, It's also hard to completely straighten your leg.  You'll have to work on that too.


Hang in there!  Send along your questions, I'm sure the team will be glad to answer.  Just remember, no two injuries are the same and nobody knows your injury more than your OS.  Let him dictate your regimen.



(AKA Stairsurfer)


PS - Just got home from the gym, I had a difficult time getting stretched enough to peddle the bike.  Can anyone recommend a good warm-up/stretch routine that will loosen me up?

post #3176 of 10802

Frank,  It would seem reasonable to go from the immobilzer to the brace after 6 weeks.  However, Stairsurfer is right.  Each injury is unique and should listen to the OS and PT.  For me, I was locked in a brace at 0.  The PT unlocked it at about week 6.


Stairsurfer,  You can try some heat and massage to loosen it up before the bike.



post #3177 of 10802

Again thanks for the replies. I am supposed to see my OS on Wednesday Oct 26th. I made a call to his office asking if I could move the date up to Friday Oct 21st which is 5 days earlier.  waiting for his resonse. That will the exactly 5 weeks post op. Does this sound reasonable? Will the 5 days earlier be a hinder to my recovery? Is 5 weeks post op sufficient healing time to have the immobilzer removed?

post #3178 of 10802

Frank,  Each case is different, but I suspect if the OS said 6 weeks it won't be sooner than 6 weeks.  I was in a brace right after surgery locked at 0 deg.  They didn't allow me any ROM until week 6.  Believe me I know how you feel.  The helpless frustration of just waiting and not knowing what to expect.  It is easier said than done, but be patient.  Especially right now during this initial healing time.  You don't want to do this again.  Have a list of questions for the OS when you go to your follow up.  Knowing what to expect will definitely change your outlook.  Let us know what you find out at the follow up.  Good luck.


P.S. You mentioned in your initial post that you were injured playing baseball, but not getting paid anymore.  If you don't mind me asking, what is your baseball history?



post #3179 of 10802

Hi Ken, Thanks for your response. just heard from the OS and my next appointment has been moved ahead by the 5 days. That will be exactly 5 weeks post op. I think this is good news or at least I hope so. While you were immobilized did you experience pain around the knee that would come and go for no apparent reasons. Possibly from walking with crutches or going up and down the steps? or just having my leg elevated on a chair for most of the day in the same position?


My competitive baseball is way behind me but why I was sliding into second base I will never know. Just thought I was in my twenties again! lol Living in canada our ball season is somewhat short but I was good enough many years ago to play at the highest amateur levels here.

post #3180 of 10802

Hi to everyone who has helped me with my concerns. I will be at 5 weeks post op this coming Friday. Does it seem reasonable to have my immobilizer removed at this time? My next appointment is scheduled with my OS on this 5 week day. I still experience pain when moving in different directions and have done nothing in the way of rehab as I am afraid to do anything to impede my healing.  I hobble on crutches, have been either sitting with my leg raised on a chair or when that is too uncomfortable I am laying in bed. I can feel movement in my knee which wasn't there one week ago. I need to get to work asap like maybe Friday after my appointment? I have read almost every post on this forum and everyone's situation is different. Any info from anyone?  Thanks very much.

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