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post #3271 of 10802



We will pray for you and all the others that are defending us I am very grateful for your service. Our son Warrant officer Robert Nickison is in Afghanistan now. Rob is a helicopter pilot.Say hello to him if you happen to see him.


Glad to hear about your progress I am only 10 weeks post surgery and am only at about 60 deg ROM. I still walk with a limp and cant go down stairs without going one at a time. I bought an exercise bike but no way can I pedal it yet. Pedal movement is about 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock. On a good note seems to get a little better everyday. feels like I have a piece of duck tape across my knee that stretching when I try and bend it.

post #3272 of 10802

Andy - Followed your posts early on last year. I am a year out from surgery as of 12/22/11, and was wondering if you could share how your leg actually feels. I too can do most anything I did before the tear, mine was also a full tear of the left quad. Not bothered much by steps anymore, I do however still have considerable pain when kneeling or squatting, not where the repair was actually made, but around the pettela. Also have an audible popping, but with no pain consequence. O/S says nothing to be concerned with, but irratating nonetheless. What pain I do have subsides very quickly. No longer have any swelling, and continue to do exercises I did in P/T. 


If you, or anyone that is at about at our same time frame would let me know what lingering pains they may have, I would appreciate it.


Take good care during you upcoming tour of duty. You will be in my prayers as well.



Rick (Inpatientguy)


P.S to Bob Baker - As you have read here I'm sure, it will get easier, be patient, no pun intended, and don't try to do to much too soon. For me the bike came in around week 14. I still have slight a duct tape feeling across my knee even at a year later, but with no pain involved. I got back to 137 degees ROM. Just takes time and effort. Be dedicated to your P/T. 


post #3273 of 10802



27 y/o very fit male, completely tore my left patellar tendon on 12/25/10 skiing bumps.


The doctor and PT both gave me the green light to return to "normal" activities on 12/29/11, after having my surgery on 12/27/10. 


I was back out on my skis on 12/31, at Steven's Pass, WA. After I lost my nerves by having a nice projectile vomit in the trees on top of the Skyline lift, I began decending and making turns. I was absolutely shocked as to how great my knee felt, and finally realized that all of the agony and frustration during the recovery was absolutely worth it. I skied for a a solid 4 hours the first day, and a full day on 1/1.


Like I've stated in previous posts, there is alot of information, support, and encouragement on this board, and it has certainly helped me. This time last year, I was convinced that I would never ski again. Work your butt off in PT and keep a good attitude and you will get though this!

post #3274 of 10802

Inpatientguy and Andy44,


I am right there with you.  My left full quad tear was December 1, 2010 and surgery was December 9, 2010. I am 54 now and was injured a week after my 53rd birthday. I was in decent physical shape up to about a year before the injury. 2010 was an off year as I work in the mortgage industry and business has been challenging


I  too have "clicking and popping" on the exterior (left side) of my patella.  I returned to PT in August since they said they thought the problem was due to scar tissue.  Spent about 5 weeks with them doing exercises, stim, and kneading of the scar tissue.  I did not see much benefit after a point so I thanked them and decided to work on my own. 


Overall I think I am doing well.  I have some pain on the interior of the knee after a weight workout but nothing that even requires an aspirin as it will subside in less than an hour.  Recently I have resumed squats with light weights and find that the I don't want to go deep as the knee pops and clicks which is irritating.  If you find a solution for this please post.




post #3275 of 10802

Andy,  Congrats on the recovery.  It sounds like you are doing real well.  Good luck in Afghanistan.  I appreciate your service.


Rick/Steve, I'm about 3 weeks ahead of you on the calendar.  My surgery was 11/17/10 for a right quad tendon rupture.  I feel real good right now.  No pain in the knee.  I probably don't have the same confidence in the repaired leg with jumping activities though.  I will say to stay on course with the rehab.  My rehab was suspended in the spring and summer of 2011 due to the baseball season.  I coach baseball and just didn't have the same time to get to the gym.  I felt fine though and had no real concerns with the knee until I resumed workouts in the fall.  I started with a 3 mile road run.  It felt great during the run, but after it ballooned.  My ROM decreased due to the swelling.  Still no pain though.  My knee would still "catch" at a certain point when extending the knee.  I tried to manage this for a couple of months with ice, using the treadmill rather than the road and alternating days on the treadmill and bike.  Swelling and tightness persisted especially on the top outside of the knee.  I began using a foam roller along the IT band and quad.  Maybe it is a coincidence, but I don't have swelling and the knee isn't catching.  It still pops or cracks on deep squatting, but there is no pain. I go to the gym 3-4 days a week and use the roller after each workout.  In the beginning it was painful along the IT band, but not anymore.



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Stay with it.  Progress will ebb and flow.  You should see good improvement when you begin walking without the brace.  Improvement really jumps when you can get on the stationary bike which is about when ROM gets to 110 deg.  Until then really focus on increasing the ROM.  Wall slides really worked for me.


Good luck,  Ken

post #3277 of 10802

Thanks guys. It sounds as if I am not experiencing anything abnormal. The clicking and popping is just a remnant of our lousy luck I guess. After 53 years of absolutely never a pain in my legs, this is just irritating, but nothing I can't live with. I happened to be in my O/S office one day when a man came in that had a failed quad surgery. Whoever had done it had botched it and it was not a pretty sight. He was confined to a wheelchair for the most part, but could walk a little with a rigid brace on, but his leg was locked at about 25 degrees. He could not straighten it.  After seeing that poor fellow it made me count my blessings that mine turned out so well.  


For the newbies to this thread, stay here! The support and information you can get here by people who have been through this is awesome. And as you can see by some of our posts, we don't go away!!


Very best of luck to everyone. Work hard at recovery. The amount of effort you put forth will be rewarding.

post #3278 of 10802

Hopefully, some of my experience is helpful to others.

A bit of background:

I am a 48 year old male desk jockey that enjoys active outdoor sports. 6'3" and 170#.  Prior to the injury I was running 5-7 days per week, often commuted to work on my bike ( 25 miles round trip ), rode my mountain bike, played ultimate in a dad's league, skied 10 to 30 days per year and got in about 25 kiteboarding sessions per year (this over the last 3 years). In short, over the last 30 years I have spend an average of more than an hour per day running around and playing outside.  Despite being very active, I have historically despised working out and only do so to support my sporting pursuits.  In examining what preceded the injury, my guess is that kiteboarding is pretty hard on your quads.  Steady state riding is not that different from carving a high speed turn in terms of the loads placed on the tendons and skiing in waves and chop is similar to skiing bumps.  In addition, a botched jump or two can put a lot of pressure on your quads as well. 

Injury #1:

August 18, 2011 I was running down a slight incline on loose gravel when I attempted to stop short and pivot right.  As I did this, my foot slipped forward a bit and then felt a pop and some "discomfort".  When I tried to get up I noticed that I could not straighten my right leg and that it had already begun to swell.  This was near the end of a 2 week long vacation during which I had gotten in a fair number of runs and long kiteboarding sessions.  My guess is I had been doing small amounts of damage leading up to the big tear. 

August 23, 2011 surgery #1 goes well and the surgeon tells me it is the cleanest repair he has ever had to do ( he has done 100's of these) and that he expects a quick (for this injury) and complete recovery.  There is the usual post operative pain and a whole bunch of swelling but sure enough, as expected the recovery is going well until 6:05 October 28th.  That morning, on my way to work I slipped and fell down my back steps ( about half a flight ).  I landed on my feet at the bottom of the steps, which is usually a good thing, except this time it resulted in a second complete rupture of the repaired tendon.

Injury # 2:

Surgery to repair the tendon is completed on November 2, 2011.  Surgeon tells me that this time it was a bit messier.  He was able to reused the holes that he drilled in my patella ( the good ) but that he had to remove a fair bit of damaged tendon and scar tissue.  Instead of a brace which I was allowed to start opening 2 weeks post surgery, I got a cast which I had on for 5 weeks.  He told be recovery is still likely to be complete ( slightly lower probability ) but that the rehab process would take longer and require more work.  In particular, getting back the mobility lost due to the extended period in the cast and the shortening of the tendon he had to do would take time.

I am now 9 weeks post surgery and am still working on getting to 90 degrees of flexion.  Each PT session over the past 4 weeks is focused on lengthening the quad without putting too much pressure on the repair.  Thanks to all the time I have spent horizontal I am still 6'3" an a very flabby 192#.

I am so looking forward to getting to 110 degrees of flexion while seated which is the magic number for being cleared to ride a bike.  PT says it should be in a week or so.


post #3279 of 10802

Happy new year to all. I haven't posted for a few weeks but I guess it is time to share some good news. I am 3 and a half months post op. ROM on December 1st was 90 degrees and I was depressed. Today January 5th I am at 135 degrees ROM. Physio everyday for 2 hours and lots of hard work is paying off. The quad is still very weak and pains but the strength is coming like I was told. For the newest members of the club keep working hard and have faith. To my friends on this site who have helped me THANK YOU. ( Ken, Blue Belt, Texas Diesal etc.)

post #3280 of 10802



I am feeling better about my 90 degrees at 9 weeks.  Knowing there are others still working the problem of ROM at 3.5 months is helpful.  I have been told repeatedly by the PT that the strength is easy, the ROM is the hard part.

post #3281 of 10802

Hello Everyone-

A wee update:

  • At 13 weeks post-op I'm at approximately 90.19 degrees ROM...
  • I'm doing heel slides now thanks to guidance from TexasDiesel and Ken. A 10 lb weight is wrapped around my ankle. I figure w/ the weight I'll get help from gravity- it owes me I figure because the way I see it gravity is part to blame for my fall. Right? I started the slides a week ago and was hoping for a big improvement but only got a few degrees - at most by last Friday.
  • seeing my OS tomorrow and will demand PT to continue at least twice a week. I'll ask about massage as Maria recommended this highly.
  • i decided to switch PTs because I need another set of eyes on my knee plus the drive is killing me. Question: any others switched PTs?
  • i feel I'm stuck at 90 so I'm a tad pissed

Take care!


post #3282 of 10802

Today is 6 weeks post surgery and I have yet to have ROM set on my brace!  OS appointment in the morning--hopefully to set up the beginning of ROM for me!  My patience is waning for sure... frustration has set in more than once!  90 degree sounds wonderful to me..so I guess it's where we are in the process! Still no driving for me--can't bend my leg to sit in the drivers seat!

post #3283 of 10802

Frank glad I was of some help! Everyone, its nice to see the posts on how improved you all are. I am at 9.5 months and the knee is 85% it seemed at times in my rehab to be doing better, but now that I am really challenging it (essentially lifting wts and doing cardio and jiu jitsu as before) I have a better idea of where it really is. At this point every time I work it hard it swells a good bit and I need to ice a lot and for the next 36 hours repeatedly work on stretching it out. I am actually more confident in my repaired knee then my other as i seem to have tendinosis in my un torn quad (had it in my torn tendon as well, but since surgery don't feel that as much) I am more worried I'll tear the other one then the repaired one. My surgeon told me a re tear after 4 months was pretty unlikely. I suspect it will probably be close to a year and a half before my knee will feel totally normal at jiu jitsu. My best advise is have the persistence of a blade of grass and the patience of a tree, this is a marathon not a sprint. best of luck to u all!

post #3284 of 10802

At 13 weeks yesterday I went to OS. He says knee is doing great no problems but ROM is behind, I am just under 90. He is saying I can really wrench on it to try and bend it and wants me to start working on strengthening it. That was good to hear because I have been reluctant to really push it hard. I have been able to ride an exercise bike with a little cheating.

post #3285 of 10802



This will be the last time I chime in.  I hope it offers hope to all the new folks who have undergone this terrible injury.


On Feb. 29, 2011, I fell on ice on a parking garage ramp, tearing up my right knee, including the quad tendon.  On March 21, after my own stupid 3-week delay to pursue options, the doc reattached the right quad.  He used a very aggressive and unorthodox technique, reattaching the tendon via surgical pins.  Ten days later, they put me into very aggressive PT beginning at 45 degrees ROM.  They didn't discourage me from exercising hard, even late at night (and almost in my sleep) to get to 90 degrees ROM.  After 3 weeks of utter pain--and I never used a painkiller other than Tylenol--I achieved 90 degrees ROM.  140 degrees came rapidly after that--in just 3 weeks later.  It was so aggressive, people told me to slow down and stop, but that's not in my character.  Anyway, my leg was only fully immobilized until the first day of PT.  I stopped using a flexibile brace by May 15,2011.  They "fired me" from PT on June 30, 2011.  At that time, my right leg could only extend to 30 pounds of weight, but the PT folks told me to get into the gym and they gave me a progressive schedule to restore strength to my right quad and hamstring.


I am a pretty serious bicyclist, but my doc gave me clearance to begin riding again in mid-June.  On July 4th, I rode 18 miles round trip from suburban Alexandria to my office in DC.  My goal all along was to resume more active riding by Bastille Day, July 14th, which I did.  By the end of July, I was doing 40 - 60 mile rides, but getting out of the saddle was painful, with extension lag in the right leg.  With the continuance of my gym routine which utilized progressive weights and increasingly difficult rides on the stationary bike, I did an 80 mile ride in early September.  Here's the kicker:  on October 23, 2011, I rode 102 miles on my own at a nice, competent 15.5 mph clip. 


Since then it's been incremental progress, but leg is just about back to normal.  I can now descend steep stairs competently and fast.  I can now extend more weight with my previously injured right leg than with my uninjured left leg and I can leg press 180 pounds or more using both legs.  This weekend, for the first time, I went for a run on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach.  Pace:  10 minute miles, not great, but not bad for someone who thought he would never walk well again, let alone ride a century or run even 1.5 miles.  The trend, every day, is stronger and stronger.  I've even hired a trainer to begin working on my core muscles and upper body. 


I'm more fit than ever, because I took my leg break as a clarion call to remake myself and get rid of some really bad health habits I had adopted over the years.  Frankly, I weigh less than I did as an undergrad. 


The lesson is to not become discouraged, to ignore the naysayers, and to tough it out.  This is old fashioned gut-check time.  If folks have reasons they think led to this injury (mine was arrogance and allowing myself to be fooled about my weight), this could be the chance to remake yourself into a more fit person.  There is an upside if you perservere. 


I'm done with my recovery, but improvement now is for the rest of my life.  Best wishes to all, good luck, and if you believe, Bless All of You.  You will get through it.



"Virginia Cyclist"

post #3286 of 10802

Hi Ernie!


Great to hear from you again!  I had my injury soon after yours in a paragliding incident here in Brazil. I had a similar treatment with suture anchors and aggressive physical therapy, and I would say my knee is fully recovered also.  In the meantime, though, I developed serious arthritis in my right ankle from a previous injury, a very bad compound fracture/dislocation of my right ankle.  My QTR was left knee last April 18, and I had surgery on my right ankle Aug 31 2011, and I still have lots of pain and loss of range of motion, so I am still working hard on that, and progress is difficult.  The OS expects the arthritis to return and the objective right now is to try to get at least a few years of use out of it before considering fusion or ankle replacement.  Anyway good luck to all QTR sufferers, and I'd welcome the sharing of any ankle arthritis experience out there.  Take care everyone!




post #3287 of 10802

My story is similar to many others here. I suffered a complete rupture of my right quadriceps tendon on 11/24/11 while playing catch in the back yard. Surgery was a week later on 12/1/11. I just completed 6 weeks of immobilization in a locking leg brace. That came off last Thursday and I started PT on the same day. I started with 43 degrees ROM. That increased to 55 degrees yesterday. I am now walking with one crutch, but often go without that crutch around the house. Because I injured my right leg I have not been able to drive. The PT folks tell me I need to get to around 70 degrees ROM before I can drive. I am curious what others' experience has been about returning to driving. I have heard that I can expect to gain about 10 degrees ROM a week, so I figure that means a few more weeks before I can drive. I have another question. I have had an itchy right calf since taking off the brace. The itching runs from my ankles up the back side of the calf up to the back of the knee. I think it is getting a little better, but it sure has been itchy.  Read somewhere that it's due to healing. If that's the case, I can live with it. I read in this thread that you need to be at 110 degrees ROM before riding a bike. Fortunately, I am not missing any biking in Minnesota right now. I am working hard a the PT. My wife thinks too hard. But as I told her, I will live within the rules, I just want to know where the boundaries are. 

post #3288 of 10802

My story is similar to many others here. I suffered a complete rupture of my right quadriceps tendon on 11/24/11 while playing catch in the back yard. Surgery was a week later on 12/1/11. I just completed 6 weeks of immobilization in a locking leg brace. That came off last Thursday and I started PT on the same day. I started with 43 degrees ROM. That increased to 55 degrees yesterday. I am now walking with one crutch, but often go without that crutch around the house. Because I injured my right leg I have not been able to drive. The PT folks tell me I need to get to around 70 degrees ROM before I can drive. I am curious what others' experience has been about returning to driving. I have heard that I can expect to gain about 10 degrees ROM a week, so I figure that means a few more weeks before I can drive. I have another question. I have had an itchy right calf since taking off the brace. The itching runs from my ankles up the back side of the calf up to the back of the knee. I think it is getting a little better, but it sure has been itchy.  Read somewhere that it's due to healing. If that's the case, I can live with it. I read in this thread that you need to be at 110 degrees ROM before riding a bike. Fortunately, I am not missing any biking in Minnesota right now. I am working hard a the PT. My wife thinks too hard. But as I told her, I will live within the rules, I just want to know where the boundaries are. 

post #3289 of 10802

Yesterday I visited my OS for my 4month follow up. Results were verry encouraging! ROM is now at 145. Hard to believe after being 90 degrees on December 1st. Physio everyday with manual manipualtion although very painful has got me to this point. In addition riding the bike and numerous execises have helped. Now I still need strengthening and more balancing. Working on that and OS says I can can play golf and baseball by May. Don't ever give up because you will complete the long recovery journey.

post #3290 of 10802

OldColonial - What happened to you was my worst fear for many months. I had both tendons go at the same time after a fall down a few stairs. After I got out of the brace (8 weeks or so) and started rehab and was able to get around on my own a little the OS warned me repeatedly about being careful not to take a spill on the ice/snow because that is the way it will rerupture. Of the many he had done over the years he said he had only one that reruptured and that was due to a fall. Needless to say, I took very small/careful steps all winter. I presumed that one day I would take a "spill" somewhere and asked the OS how soon it would be that, if I fell, I would be in no more danger of rerupturing the tendon than woiuld anyone else who had never had the injury.  He said - about 1 year. I'm almost 16 months post op so I guess I can" fall at will" now. My bilateral injury was bad enough but I have to think that the reinjury you suffered is even worse because the rehab starts all over from day 1. But, the good news is that generally we all recover 100% (or very close to it). I'd say I am now pretty well at 100% (maybe at worst 99%) even though my dream to play catcher for the Red Sox may never prove possible. My age may have something to do with it also (now 69, the new 49). Good luck to everybody old and new on this site. Always remember - this is an injury, not a disease. We all feel your pain and frustration. Hang in there though - full recovery should be fully expected.

post #3291 of 10802

i had my surgery about a year ago.   active 60 year old with complete tear playing bball.    no pain no swelling and back to jogging, bball, etc.  stayed tried and true to the rehab program.   very COMPLIANT as they say.   leg is a little smaller then the other but as far as doing things i sense no difference between the two.  PT guy told me it takes a year and half to get them both the same size.   

post #3292 of 10802



Sounds like we suffered the same fate at about the same time. Mine was Nov 18th--with surgery on Dec 5th, 2011.  I had been scheduled for knee surgery when the insurance company said "second opinion".  Went to another OS who said my knee was fine, but didn't know what the problem was. Scheduled for testing  on the following Monday, when unfortunatley I stepped off a step and completely ruptured my left quad tendon.... it took 2 weeks before the OS could see me again!  Immediate surgery followed when he did see me though.  Just finished 6 weeks of total immobilzation, and the OS & PT are being incredibly conservative with rehab.  FINALLY yesterday I was able to have ROM at 60 and some strength training.  I'm still in the locking brace until at least Feb 14 when I see my OS next. Frustration some days simply takes control and it's rough...these posts have let me know that there reallly are other people out there 'suffering' the same fate!


I did have some really annoying itching at the beginning....it turned out to be severe dry skin from the braces and when I rubbed on baby oil (with the green top--has vitimin e and aloe vera) for 3 days solid, the dead skin rolled off and the itching subsided. Don't know if that will help, but most men (I'm a 50's female) don't think along thosse lines...I keep lotion and baby oil on daily now ---


Patience is what I keep reading here. And to remember that this is an injury, not an illness.  That was funny because I had said those words to my husband one day in total anger and even surprised myelf!  There are not enough words to express my complete gratitude to my loving and harrassed spouse these past 8 weeks. He has risen to a new level of trust and love with everything he has done for me....and as everyone on this forum knows, THAT'S a whole lot of care-giving!!!  From morning til night, there was always something he was doing for me. Now that I can walk with one-crutch and actually carry a glass of water on my own, we both feel a whole lot better!!


I'm so looking forward to healing and retuning to a normal existense!!  YEAH!

post #3293 of 10802

Vicheck: I sure identify with that great feeling when you can actually start carrying something once you can drop a crutch. Sorry you had such hassles with the medical pros. A second opinion on a quad rupture is crazy. It's either surgery or you don't walk again. I hope the PT goes well for you. I just got to 60 degrees ROM too. I have been out of the brace for just over a week now. I agree that it is helpful to read these posts. As far as the itching, it has blossomed into a full blown rash of some sort. The itching is a bit better, so I'm thankful for that. It does feel like adding insult to injury though. I see the dermatologist later this week. I don't know how I would have made it through the first six weeks post surgery without my wife's help and care. 

post #3294 of 10802
Tom and VicHeck

Good luck on your recovery. I'll share my experience with you folks. I live in Ontario, Canada, and last October 6th, (2011) while on a golf course I had an innocent slip and fall that resulted in a complete rupture of my left quad. A week later I had surgery and was in a immobilizer for 6 weeks. When the immobilizer restraint was removed I was fitted with the brace that restricted my ROM to a maximum 90 degrees. On December 2nd, I started physio 3 times a week. For a month my PT worked on getting my ROM to 100 degrees before the New Year. On January 5th my OS said that I could ditch the brace and start working on the strength exercises.

Well I still go to physio every second day and my ROM is progressing slowly, I have been at 105 for about a week now. I work at my exercises at least 3 times a day and still feel stiffness when walking. I am also practicing going up and down the stairs normally.

I have noticed something has detached on my knee and is starting to protrude to the surface so I'll make an appointment with my family physician to get an X-ray. No doubt it will have to be removed but my PT said it's not interfering with my physiotherapy.

So, other than that I'll tell you I'm a 60 year old retired cop and never had so much as a sprained finger having been in law enforcement for over 30 years. And on a pleasant day last October a slip and fall changed my life for the next year. I can't tell you how much I depended on my wife of 38 yeas to see me through my accident. For three months she was beside me every day, helping me shower and dress. Words alone can not express my love for her .

Anyway, we have scheduled a week away in February to Punta Cana, and get away from the ice and snow for which I fear the most. My greatest concern is a slip and fall.

This blog has been good for my recovery and I'll keep everyone posted on my recovery and hope you all do the same.

post #3295 of 10802

I started PT last week, with some strength training and manual manipulation which is extremely painful but very helpful. I started first visit with about 90 and ended the week with around 110 ROM. Riding the exercise bike at least 3 times a week. Knee feels pretty good still stiff but increasing my activities more.

post #3296 of 10802

Good day to fellow QTR folks


I've have been overly busy and haven't had much time to update my progress on here.  So now that I have a moment I thought I would post a couple of notes.


I did my QTR on Oct 5, with surgery on Oct 7, had staples out 10 days later.  I was able to walk into the hospital using a cane for the surgery and then walked out later that afternoon.


I saw the OS and a PT once, then another PT again a few weeks after.  I asked if they would use any machines that I would not have access to in a gym and was told no.  So I got a list of do's and don't activities and have been getting to the gym about 3 times a week.  I have also been doing stretching at home, but really still need to do more, and also much more icing on the knee.  After I push it hard it still gets sore and has some swelling.


Have been doing stationary bikes at the gym and as of this week have been able to do standing sprints (not so much a speed sprint, but I was able to stand and pedal, felt great).  Have also been using the eliptical stepper machines as well.


Have also been doing leg presses and calf workouts, if time permits I do leg extensions and curls.  The rec centre I go to has nice strong handrails on the stairs so I usually do another 5-10 minutes going up and down the stairs.  I really find the walking backwards up the stairs pushing the knee.


Overall I am happy and some strength is returning and ROM is pretty decent, especially considering how poor my overall flexibility is.  (I will continue to work on that). 


A couple of things that still concern me is the fact the my knee is still very sensitive to kneeling.  This sensitivity stands in the way of some of the stretches I try to do as it hurts way more then it should.  The other issue is where the knee that had the QTR every once in a while just give out, usually when walking, but has done it going done stairs as well.  No wipe outs as yet from this as I am still very cautious when descending stairs and also have a hand on or near a railing.


We have a family ski trip planned in March with a couple of other families so it will be interesting to see how I manage this.  I took up skiing again when my kids started a few years back, but am far more comfortable on a snowboard.  I will be bringing both my skis and snowboard with me for the trip, but am thinking that the snowboard might be easier on my knee.   I injured my right knee which is the back one when I board, so I am hoping it won't see too much stress as compared to skiing where the leg has to support itself.  Either way I won't be pushing it and will stick to the green and blue runs with the kids.  There will be no steep shutes or powder glade skiing on this trip for me.


What are your thought about getting back to skiing/snowboarding after what will be 6 months from injury.





post #3297 of 10802

What happened to Idaho Guy?

post #3298 of 10802


Quad injury 12/05/11

Surgery 12/18/11

Hi All:


Little more than a year has passed, just wanted to update. First, this will get better. Six months after my surgery, I was climbing around Machu Picchu (sp?), and hiking throughout Peru, walking over cobblestones, slipping and sliding through the jungle, basically everything that I would have done "normally". I used walking sticks from time to time but that was because of my other (left) knee that has had issues in the past. That knee, by the way, has also been fixed (just in case anyone is dealing with subluxating patellas). Because of the quad tear, I met a young surgeon who, not only fixed the right knee tear, but also reconstructed and replaced (it was incredibly complicated) my left knee. I had been told, prior to meeting her, that the left knee was "impossible" to repair - this from an "expert" ortho who had a rep with pro athletes. I guess my ortho didn't get that memo, lol. Anyway, ironic that the miserable quad tear turned out to be a positive thing.


In the past year I've learned (for me) 1) conditioning is ongoing, 2) it takes a long time for the knee to "feel" normal even when it's working normally. 3) wall slides and wall squats hurt but really are effective 4) I could not have gotten through the first part of recovery without this forum (thanks again Idaho guy and everyone else). 5) If this ever happens again. I'll start right here. 6) Ice is GOD. All the best, folks, Thank you for being there.

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Hi.  I'm your age, also a cyclist, and had the same injury.  I can swear to you, you will recover.  My injury occurred at the end of Feb. 2011 when my left foot hit an ice/oil patch on a garage ramp.  I fell awkwardly, rupturing my right quad tendon.  I delayed picking a surgeon for 3 weeks, but I found one and he operated on March 21, reattaching my right quad with surgical pins instead of drilling holes in my kneecap.  His recovery approach was very aggressive.  He only immobilized my leg for 10 days and put me into PT at the beginning of April.  I reached 90 degrees ROM in 4 weeks and 140 degrees just 3 weeks after that.  No one in the PT practice--which is affiliated with the doctor--discouraged me.  In fact, I got to where I was in utter pain every night from midnight til three, but part of the reason was I pushed the knee's ROM even in the wee hours of the morning.  I had seen people in the PT practice who had not recovered ROM and were going to have very difficult recoveries, and the PT people impressed on me the importance of ROM.  After I got to 110, they quickly moved to leg extensions with weight, abductions adductions, knee curls, sit-to-stand exercises, etc.  I was let go from PT in early June, just 3 months after I had ripped my knee to shreds.  Here's the cool part:  on July 4th, I got back on my road bike for the first time and did a short 15 mile ride.  Nothing went wrong.  On July 14th, as I had planned all along, I biked from home to work and back--20 miles, and I began to bike more and more aggressively each time.  Initiallyl I couldn't get out of the saddle, but by the end of July, I was there.  My commute is into the middle of Washington DC, and it's in traffic, so being able to get out of the saddle and maneuver the bike to avoid problems was key; no prob!  By August I was doing 50 - 80 mile rides on my own, at first slowly, but then faster.  On October 23 was my seminal event:  100 miles at a competent rate.  Now I spend hour after hour in the gym, doing lower body exercises and spending as much time as I can aggressively on a stationary bike, waiting for spring to come so I can resume biking with my bike friends in the beautiful horse country of Virginia.  I can run 3 miles, I can walk forever, and I would say I am going to be OK.  I took advantage of the injury, also to lose 40 pounds.  I am now new person, weighing less than I did as an undergrad.  You too will recover.  Just keep at it, and one day you will remember your fall and smile at the strength it took to recover.  Best wishes to you:  Ernie 

post #3300 of 10802

Bilateraldave.  Thanks for the encouragement!

I am at 100 so degrees at 3 months and the doc is comfortable having me start to turn the cranks on a bike.  No pushing on the pedals, just working on ROM still.  Also, I can ever so gradually start working on building strength.  I am 3 months out from the repair and he feels it has seen enough healing and now its time to start the "remodeling" process.  I am just stunned at how little strength I have in the injured leg.  Also stunned to see how much fitness I have lost.  Today I got my heart rate up to 130 bpm walking at 4 miles per hour.  6 months ago, I was running at twice that speed at 140 bpm.  Its going to be a long road.  I will provide another update when there is more to report.

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