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post #3511 of 10804
Yeah! Just got back from my six week doctor appointment. Brace now set at 30°. He said my extension was perfect, and I will start PT shortly. Up to now I was at 0° and no range of motion. So, the 30° feels like a big improvement.
Once home I tried getting into the drivers seat of my car. With a little gymnastics I was able to actually sit there. Then, I drove the half-mile to my mailbox. At 30° I was able to reasonably safely use the accelerator with my injured leg for that short drive. This is really good news as I'll be able to drive to PT which is only about a mile from my home.
I have been full weight bearing the whole time since the surgery. So walking with the 30° set on the brace felt very natural. I have been hobbling with just hiking poles for the last week or so. Now with the 30° free movement I think I'll do even more walking. I did walk a mile with the hiking poles before. Because it's a weird hobbling with a straight brace it seems I strained my back muscles. But, there was no problem with the knee. I'm hopeful the 30° will allow lots of walking without the back strain.
My next goal is getting enough range of motion for a stationary bike. And then actually getting on my mountain bike.
post #3512 of 10804

I will be 7 weeks tomorrow and feel like I am making progress. They opened my brace to 90 degrees today and I am walking without crutches. My therapist has me walk around the facility without the brace but I am not comfortable to do that outside. My ROM is slow to improve and I am up to 92 today.


I did a few revolutions on the bike last week but I paid the price for a few days after. I am going to try that again tomorrow.


One thing I notice is that when I get up in the morning the first few steps I take I have a lot of foot pain. I am thinking this is because

I was on crutches for so long. Any one else have the foot pain?

post #3513 of 10804

TNTorpedo - when I went to Ca after grad school, and swam with a Master's team, I was nicknamed the Tennessee Torpedo


Thank you! Idaho Guy!!!


My story started about 6-7 years ago with a couple of hard pulls water skiing and then the next winter a "must do" turn down a chute at Alta.  Since I was about 45 and reasonably good shape, I didn't do much but some ice and Advil (and Crown Royal).  It was just a partial tear.  MRI in 2010 showed about 50% tear, but OD (also a neighbor and really a good guy) thought it was "referred pain" from the joint and so shaved the back of the patella, PT and no significant improvement.  In mid Jan 2012. after working like heck to get my left leg almost as strong as my right, I started a strength program.  First month was great, mid-Feb, while warming up for squats (90# on bar), left knee wobbled, three pops and hurt.  I pressed the wt off my shoulders while standing on rt leg and sat down.


I've done various martial arts starting in college and I thought I was close to passing out from the pain.


I recovered, saw my neighbor the OD and he refused to order an MRI.  He told me to quit being so type A.  He did send me to PT and there, after about a week, he said he thought the issue was the tendon.  I went to another OD, MRI showed 3% remaining attachment of quad tendon.  He operated 5/10 with the drill the patella, procedure.  


He warned that since two heads hadn't been connected for at least two years (from 2010 MRI), he would have to stretch them a lot to get them to the patella.  Well, as everyone here knows, most recovery room folks, OD's and PT's aren't too familiar with this and I left the recovery room barely awake and in a cold sweat from the pain.  About 10 that night I called the answering service and the OD let me up the percocets to 2 every 3 hours to get the pain back under control.  


Big recommendation - ask your OD about anti-inflammatories.  Mine didn't order any on the post-op instructions, he forgot.  When I spoke with him at 10 pm night of surgery, he told me to take 800 mg/4hours Advil and that was extremely helpful.  


Big recommendation #2 - have a polar cool/berg/gameready ice machine at home and ready for you prior to surgery.  A friend from work brought one to my office the day before surgery and told me to take it home and that I would thank him later.  He's on my permanent Christmas gift list now.


I'm now six days out and see the doctor on Friday.  Straight leg brace, wt. bearing, antibiotic, 325 mg aspiring/day, 400 mg/4-6 hrs Advil.  No percocets since Saturday.


This blog has got me loaded for bear when I see the OD on Friday, to get moving on PT, etc.  Nationals are in September, last year I was undefeated in rank (re-started taking karate with my 12 year old last year).  Hope to be ready to go do it again, but it appears that it may be September 2013 :)!

post #3514 of 10804

Hello QTR bros and sisters.


Just back from four week post-op visit to cast room and OS consult. Had my full leg, hip to toe fiberglass cast  replaced with two piece hip to toe fiberglass cast with break at knee connected with lockable hinge. Locked its at O degrees straight leg. Unlocked its free. Exercise instructions as follows: from seated postion, leg straight out, unlock hinges, with fingers on hinges lift leg at knee up to 30 degrees, or what is tolerable (meaning some discomfort, soreness, but no serious pain). Repeat 4-5 reps. Then, with leg at 30 degreees, place pillow, folded blanket, etc., under knee. Leave it for as long as tolerable. Then repeat every hour. Increase ROM one degree for each day post op until 45 degrees. Then visit OS again at six weeks post op.

Aim is to get to 90 degrees, 3 months post op. Then will be fitted with immobilizer with adjustable hinge. Meanwhile, during first 3 months, little on no weight bearing in order to let tendon heal. After 3 months, with immoblizer, begin weight bearing walking with aid.

I know this sounds a bit different that many posts, but Mayo Clinic is very conservative, wanting healing of tendon to be complete (at 3 months) before any agressive PT. BTW, I'm my own PT. What I can tolerate is what I can/should do. But, no more than the one degree per day formula, i.e., 4 weeks=30 degrees, 6 weeks 45 degrees, etc. until 90 degrees at 3 months.

And, as most of posts have cautioned, OS said to be patient, healing at three months, recovery of tendon stretch, quad strenghth from then until 12 months. But first "step" is letting healing happen.


Active Padre

post #3515 of 10804
Originally Posted by activepadre View Post


........... Exercise instructions as follows: from seated postion, leg straight out, unlock hinges, with fingers on hinges lift leg at knee up to 30 degrees, or what is tolerable (meaning some discomfort, soreness, but no serious pain). Repeat 4-5 reps. Then, with leg at 30 degreees, place pillow, folded blanket, etc., under knee. Leave it for as long as tolerable. Then repeat every hour. ......

6 weeks since op

Besides the general flexing during daily activities I've been doing it on my side when I'm in bed. The brace is set at 90 and I pull my lower leg as far as I can comfortably and leave it there. I'll either go to sleep, or if it hurts I'll ease off a bit and then go to sleep. It seems to work and I can now hit 90 quite easily, but wouldn't want to stay there. I have two more weeks to go at 90 so I think it will be fine by then at approx 1.3 degrees per day.

post #3516 of 10804

Skip Intro


You seem to be on a little more aggressive program than me. My doc wants me at 1 degree per day post op, i.e., 30 degress now, 45 degrees at six weeks, up to 90 degrees at 3 months. I don't think he'd be disappointed if I was a little ahead of schedule, but warned me about doing too much, as well as falling behind schedule and not stretching tendon enough.


"Patience; one day at a time; you'll get better; keep the program and you'll get 90% or more ROM and strength back." Those are words I've heard on this thread, and are the same my OS told me yesterday. My practical aim is to get cycling again by September/October.


You're a couple weeks ahead of me so are a good gauge of what I can expect. Thanks for the input.



post #3517 of 10804



Had first post op OD appt yesterday and it didn't go as hoped.  Since my tendons have been partially disconnected for 2+ years and 90% disconnected since mid-Feb, the OD says I'll have to remain zero flex for 4 weeks since the older injuries are less willing to heal.  


Of course I argued with data from this thread.


He was very patient and explained the differences in the nature of the tissue just after the injury and even 1 month post injury.  Although he trimmed the tendons to create a "fresh" mounting point, he said that another three weeks wasn't going to limit the recovery any further.


He's highly regarded in the area as a "thinking Orthopedic" and likes to do tri's himself, so reluctantly, I gave my word to restrain.  He said he couldn't bend on this and I couldn't bend my knee.




For the lucky ones of you who've an acute injury - I'm jealous of your PT!


See you in three weeks.

post #3518 of 10804

Hi, great to read everybody's experinces.  Left QTR on 4/21 playing beach volleyball.  Surgery 5/3, so I am now 16 days post op.  I am very thankful I have an expeinced sports Ortho Doc.  He says he sees few of these injuries a year, as opposed to some orthos who may see one per decade.  Did nothing the first 4 days, no weght bearing.  Day 5, weight bearing and brace set to 50 degress.  Howver, he instructed me to walk with the brace locked and when at desk or dinner table unlock brace.  A good trick at my work desk I prop up my bad leg on excericse/stabillity ball with unlcked brace.  Saw Doc at day 10 and moved brace to 70 degrees.  Day 14 went to gym for upper body workouts.  He wnats to start PT at 5-6 weeks, but he would like to see me get to 90 degrees naturally, just by moving the leg around when I am stationary.  He also mentioned some laser treatment at 4 weeks for the scar and scar tissue.  I feel pretty good that this doc is very progressive and knows what he is doing.  The other thing he mentioned is that during surgery after the attachement he made sure to move my leg to 90 degrees, interstesting.

post #3519 of 10804

Update to Will Run Again and others:  One of the most interesting things about this blog is quadrippers progress reports at different time intervals. We all mainly probably look at the people ahead of us in rehab as a window of what we may be at...because what you learn does not come from your doc or your PT therapist but from the actual rippers.You will learn that people will say you look great but only you know you are not there yet or at least at not pre injury shape. You will take great satisfaction at what may seem like little steps...that brace off, progressing range of motion, ability to go up and down steps , etc. I am at 7 months post op and as many have known following my posts I can bike, elip machine, weight train, even squat with 150 lbs now. But land running are the baby steps in my progression and the latest source of my frustrations and sticking points. I started very Slow striding running about 2 weeks ago with about 100 meter slow runs followed by 100 meter or more walking to a finish of first 1/2 mile and now am up to 3 1/2 miles but cannot progress past about 150 meters without walking. It is important to keep moving. I have found this is the last hurtle most of you will have in your comeback...biking, walking.strength training will come but stride running is last. I suggest the softest surface you can find....dirt, grass, or a soft track as concrete and blacktop you will definitely feel. It's a hard feeling to portray to you...you do not have pain but a general weakness in the quad and knee. I have tried a knee brace that has some light compression but so far I do not notice a difference. Like I have said many times here patience is a virtue we all must strive to accept. Most of us are active people trying to get back to our pre injury activities. What I have learned is that our injury is not common and not understood by most. We have injured the biggest tendon in the body and it is not being replaced by a fake one but has to heal on its own. A chiro gave me this comparison: Someone with an ACL knee injury has to heal a part about the size of a shoe string....we with our quad tendon have to heal a part that is about the diameter of a small garden hose. So much more natural mass there to heal. Everyone good luck healing at your various stages and keep up the posts.

post #3520 of 10804

hello everyone,


              have not wrote since the beginning of my therapy 10 wks ago, have been reading all the updates weekly.  i am 4 months post op, i think my os was to passive with starting my therapy. surgery seems to have been done very tight ( my PTs words) .therapy has been tough but i got to 90 degrees by my sixth week of therapy , but i am barely at 100 degrees now at 10 weeks, i am having concerns... i got a second opinion from another OS, he said i am a little behind, he mentioned manipulation under anestethia as a possibility if i cant get going within the coming weeks....... i hope not.. i have been concentrating now on longer stretches, my strength has never been a problem that came back pretty easy, the ROM has beeen difficult. have had a lot of injuries in my young life but by far this takes the cake...would appreciate any thoughtsand opinions... all the best to everyone

post #3521 of 10804
Originally Posted by jmking72 View Post

hello everyone,


              have not wrote since the beginning of my therapy 10 wks ago, have been reading all the updates weekly.  i am 4 months post op, i think my os was to passive with starting my therapy. surgery seems to have been done very tight ( my PTs words) .therapy has been tough but i got to 90 degrees by my sixth week of therapy , but i am barely at 100 degrees now at 10 weeks, i am having concerns... i got a second opinion from another OS, he said i am a little behind, he mentioned manipulation under anestethia as a possibility if i cant get going within the coming weeks....... i hope not.. i have been concentrating now on longer stretches, my strength has never been a problem that came back pretty easy, the ROM has beeen difficult. have had a lot of injuries in my young life but by far this takes the cake...would appreciate any thoughtsand opinions... all the best to everyone

I'm just getting 90 deg at 6+ weeks and 100 at ten weeks doesn't sound too bad. It just takes time. I haven't even started any therapy other than aiming for 50% weight bearing. I go in at week 8 to have the brace set open but keep it on for another 2 weeks. After that walking with a stick for a bit. I don't fancy manipulation even  under anaesthesia I rather let time take it's course!

Healing and  mobility are the main things. Improving performance after that may take some time but thats OK by me. Maybe you shouldn't worry, everybody progresses at different rates.

post #3522 of 10804

  Hello everyone,

Jmking, I have the same issue with my ortho being passive. I am 10 weeks post op and I have not been given any form of PT except being told to stretch the knee by hanging it off the bed. Was very insistant that i dont over do it and that the ROM will come in time. Ive taken matters in my own hands starting at the eight week point by forcing myself to lose the crutches and use nothing but my legs to walk and i must say it was the best idea yet.. Its almost night and day the way I felt 3 weeks ago to today.. At week 10 im now able to drive anywhere (major victory lol) I use ankle weights almost everyday, go for 1-2 mile walks, treadmill, eliptical, punch heavy bag, lift weights, step ups on about a 5 inch step and a lot of straight leg leg lifts. My ROM in the morning is around 100 with assistance so I think Im still behind in that department but I will say this, It hasnt stopped advancing so Im not to concerned with it at this point because its moving at the rate of 10 degrees a week. Ive bought into the "let it heal first" approach and I think My ROM has falling behind but im ok with it. When 12 weeks post op hits, Im going all out PT or not lol.. Everybody be safe and as always.. Stay in the fight!!!!

post #3523 of 10804

jmking72 and others



I'm only at 5 weeks post op. Since I received a two-piece cast with an adjustable hinge last week I've been working on ROM. I lift my knee by the hinges while sitting. Am at about 35 degrees, working to 45 by 6 weeks, 90 by 12. One degree per day post op is my OS advice.

Also, as others have said, "Let it heal first." That takes 3 months no matter what. Too conservative? Maybe. But if the goal is full recovery, does the time reallyl matter?

post #3524 of 10804


your timeline is right on course with what mine was. after week 8 things really started feeling good. ice and elavation have been my best friend trying to keep swelling to a minimum. the more I do on my feet day by day the less swelling of the knee. this site has helped me in so many ways and still continues to help me.

post #3525 of 10804

Quick update and warning, too much work will hamper your progress:

Things seem to have stalled in terms of progress.  The last two weeks I have been working very hard.  Gym for an hour or more 5 days / week + 3 or more hours of other aerobic work on a bike or rower and 3 or more stretching workouts ( 10 min warm up on rower followed by 30 min of stretching ).  Gym work has included squats, lunges, leg extensions, balance exercises, agility drills as well as core, shoulder and arm training.  A number of these workouts have been modified cross fit routines.  So the have included lots of reps at moderate resistance at a very high level of exercise intensity. My injured leg does not feel any stronger, the joint and muscles are more sore and ROM has improved only incrementally.   I think I have been applying too much training stimulus.  At some point, my leg will be able to respond positively to a similar volume and intensity but clearly it was not ready yet.  Interestingly, my uninjured leg appears to have gotten a bit stronger and my general fitness seems to have improved a bit.  Taking a week "off" where all I will do 3 or so hours of aerobic work, stretching and some leg extensions with minimal resistance.

So, be warned, too much of a good thing is not a good thing when it comes to working to rehabilitate your leg.  My PT says she sees this a fair bit among people who have been very active prior to their injuries. We tend to be biased toward pushing it. ( Probably a good description of  the typical participant in this forum )




49 years old, 170#, 6'3" and very active at time of injury.  Suffered my first complete rupture of the right quad tendon on 8/18/2011 while running down hill.  Tried to stop and pivot, felt and heard a pop and then swelling.  I was 1 mile from home and ended up getting a ride back.  Doctors office that afternoon.  He diagnosed a ruptured quadriceps tendon and referred me to an orthopedic surgeon.  Surgery on 8/23/2011.  Described as text book by the surgeon.  He said it was one of the cleanest and easiest he had done.  Expected a full and relatively rapid (for this type of injury) recovery.  Imobilized for 2 weeks in a brace and then PT to develop ROM and some straight leg exercises to fire the quad begin.  PT is progressing well until 10/28/2011 when I fall down some icy stairs.  I land on my feet, which would normally be good except that in this case it caused the right quadriceps tendon to rupture again.  Repair on 11/2/2011.  This time, the repair is a little bit more complicated and things are not so neat and tidy.  Plus side, the surgeon was able to reuse the holes he drilled in my knee cap. Negative side, he had to remove a lot of scar tissue and damaged tissue.  Recovery will be slower and he cannot assure a good outcome along all dimensions.  Feels that ROM will be particularly hard to recapture.  I am put in a cast for 6 weeks while things heal.

post #3526 of 10804

how long after the operation did it take for you to start squating 190kg..and do you feel comftable when you squat 

post #3527 of 10804

how long after the operation did it take for you to start squating 190kg..and do you feel comftable when you squat 

post #3528 of 10804

I am almost a year post-op.  Falling down a gravel slope, I slipped, throwing a heavy tote ahead of me.  I landed on my side and experienced the greatest pain in my life.  A quick trip to the orthopod with her diagnosis of quad rupture resulted in surgery the next day for a 75% tear.  Apparently, if I can completely torn the tendons off, I wouldn't have felt any pain.  I was completely immobilized for six weeks, (thank God for visiting nurses who helped me get the brace off and shower) then had CPM plus aggressive physical therapy.  Although my flexion is at least 125, and my leg has regained significant strength and size (calf and thigh are now only 1 cm smaller), I have daily pain and stiffness; at times, particularly on flights, my kneecap feels like someone is driving a hot poker through it.  On the last flight I was in an extra room aisle seat, and I managed to get my leg stretched out on top of the tray in the middle seat which relieved the intense pain.  I cannot walk up stairs without pulling myself, and going down is a real challenge.  Keeping up with people is impossible because my stride is still relatively sort. We've worked and worked on all that in PT, including water therapy.  I appreciated the comments people made about others not understanding.  At this point I am discouraged.  The most common comment I hear is that "you should be better by now."  Yes, I am "better," but I can't kneel or even squat, and I don't think this is where I want to spend the rest of my life.  Thanks for listening.

post #3529 of 10804

Mountain Girl: As I have said before no one understands our rehab but the people on this site. I am 7 months from surgery and with all my rehab still frustrated when people say you look great but only we know. Hang in there ....this site is our support group.

post #3530 of 10804

Mountain Girl;

Hang in there, keep working the problem and continue to improve.

The knee cap pain sounds like collateral damage from the injury and is most probably related to poor knee cap tracking. This often happens because the inner quad (Vastus Medialis) gets over powered by the outer quad ( Vastus Lateralis) which ends up pulling the knee cap and twisting it out of the grove it should be in just enough to make things hurt.  Apply enough cycles, and it grinds away and hurts a lot.  Sit around for some time with your knee bent with tight muscles ( you only have 125 degrees so things are still pretty tight ) so that the knee cap is pressing on what's irritated and before you know it, you have some really distracting "discomfort".  The VM is the last of the 4 muscles in the quads to come back.  It really only fires and gets worked in the last 5 degrees of extension as well as around 65 degrees of flexion.  Otherwise, its there to provide stability.  My guess is you would get some relief if you continue to stretch, particularly focusing on the lateral side and doing leg extensions and other strength work that is specific to the VM.


On the stairs, it sounds like you still do not have enough strength to handle them.  They are hard, particularly if you are not tall. You are lifting all of your weight with a fairly bent knee on the way up and on the way down you are controlling all of your weight ( even harder ) with even more of a bend.


BTW, not true what you have been told about the complete rupture being relatively pain free.  Having experienced 2 complete ruptures, I can tell you they both hurt.  The first one a great deal.  I am not sure I know what a 10 on the 1 - 10 pain scale is but in my 49 years of living, it was as close and I have ever gotten and I would be happy to never go there again.  The second also hurt but less so, I suspect because of the nerve damage associated with the surgery to repair things the first time.


post #3531 of 10804
Here I am, exactly six months post injury, and a week shy of that post surgery. I guess that's as good a time as any to take stock. I am now nearly at parity on ROM. Quad strength is at 85% as of today. The residual edema around the ankle is gone. Walking and stairs are getting easier. That's the good news. The swelling and puffiness around the knee remains. Going down stairs continues to require focus. While walking is easier, it still is not effortless or without thought. That's the not so good news.

So what have I learned through this ordeal? This is a bearcat of an injury. Nothing can prepare you for what it takes to come back from a quad tendon rupture. When I first read about this injury the night of the day I suffered the injury, I remember reading that this is a devastating and disabling injury. At the time, I couldn't grasp what that really meant. Now I can. On the other hand, this is an injury that you can recover from, but it will take a ton of work over a long time period. Plus, we all are going to heal at different rates. Pain levels will vary as well. Regardless, it takes tremendous persistence and patience to come back from this injury. The failure mechanism of this injury is so far afield from any experience any of us normally experiences, it is difficult for those that care for us to truly comprehend what we are going through. It's not their fault, it's just such a strange injury that they can't be expected to sense what we are feeling.

I look forward to the day when I can go hiking and not think about every step. I look forward to the day when I can go down steps as easily as I ascend. I look forward to the day when my right knee looks like the left, save for the scar. I look forward to the day when I can't easily dredge up the feeling of utter panic and loss of control when I went down with my injury.

For those that are earlier in this progression, know that you will get better, but that it will take an awful lot of work. That work will pay off though. Patience and persistence: if you've picked up anything from this forum, it should be the value of those two characteristics.
post #3532 of 10804

For all you newbies and near newbies to this site stay with it.....it is a great mental rehab site. What you learn here both from a physical standpoint and mental comfort is great. I have benefited from both. There are times you really get frustrated and when people tell you you look great and you know your not there yet this site helps. I have asked my surgeon for possible names of prior patients he has done to talk to....but he has not responded...I realize I am asking probably an unreasonable request.....that is why this site helps. I used one rec that Will Run Again sugested....to try a compression brace on the knee when trying to run....I notice slight improvement but still weakness in both the knee and quad after only slow running of about 100 yards and then a walk and keep repeating for 2-3 miles. As has been said many times this is a slow recovery with hours and endless rehab hours. All of us on this site understand this. Keep with it !!

post #3533 of 10804

wk 7 since the accident.

Can now bend to 90 deg and hold it there indefinitely (sitting or lying), which I couldn't do only a week or so back. It feels tight over the knee surface, compared to the good one. I don't think it would go any quicker without effort and force, which I'm cautious about.

Keep trying weight bearing pressure on the bathroom scales and can hold it at 50% (40kg) and exceed it in little bursts, without apparent harm or pain. It feels as though I could put my full weight on it but I'm reluctant to try it yet - I can still remember how it felt when it snapped!

post #3534 of 10804
Skip Intro, it sounds like you and I are at about the same spot. I am now seven weeks postop.  Last week I had my six week check in with the surgeon. Everything looked very good. He released my brace to 30°. And, he set up a PT.  At the PT the next day they gave me some basic exercises. They also measured my flexion at 48°, so they opened the brace to 40°. At my next PT on Tuesday of this week my flexion had increased to 77°. Right now they're focusing on movement, so range of motion is just coming without pushing or pain. 
My surgeon would like me to wear the brace at 40° for the next couple of weeks, when I am out of my home.  However, I'm finding it much easier to walk and improve my mobility if I don't wear the brace. So I am going without it but using good caution and on long walks using hiking sticks.  The surgeon's only concern is my potential falling during this recovery period, but I feel very stable walking.
Thankfully, I can safely drive. That has really changed my daily living routine and aliminated my dependence on others. However, the biggest improvement is that I can now bend my leg enough so that I can put on my socks without the aid of pliers to pull the sock under the heel. YEAH! As you all know it is those small milestones that mean the most.
My next major goal is to be able to ride the stationary bike with a full revolution of the petals. At this point the PT has me rocking the petals back and forth as far as I can go without causing pain.
I find that I really don't have any particular pain even after long walks of close to a mile.  I do ice afterwards, of course. Yesterday, going upstairs I was able to take the steps normally. However, I did rely on the railing to actually pull myself up. Going down, it is still one step at a time.
My only regret is that the wound has healed so well you can hardly see it. Consequently, I don't get much sympathy from people wanting to see where this big surgery took place.
post #3535 of 10804



Thanks for mentioning that after almost 6 months you still have swelling at the knee. I am about 4 1/2 months from surgery and the knee is still swollen and sore although I can certainly do a fair amount of activities now - elliptical, walking etc but all depending on how bad the swelling is on any certain day. Rest does not make the swelling go away. A knee sleeve and constant icing does help somewhat. I have been getting frustrated about the situation but I guess it is all part of this fairly miserable process.


ORG - have you gotten out on the course yet?

post #3536 of 10804

Fellow quad club members. It's been two years since my complete left quad tear. I am doing good. My knee is still noticeably swollen and numb to the left of my incision. I don't think either will ever go away. It is slightly stiff. Worse on some days. When I do squats, (no weights), there is some crunching and clicking. But all in all I'm pleased with the results. I can do anything I want, like run, ride my mountain bike, swim. The knee feels strong but it's always in the back of my mind when I'm doing something so in that regard I guess it will never be "right". This is a big injury, a life changing event, but with hard work and diligence it is beatable. I know everyone reading this has what it takes and only the ones who go through it understand. So my thoughts and prayers to you all. Dave B.  P.S. I'm signed up to run the USAF half marathon in Dayton in Sept.

post #3537 of 10804
It was the bottom step on a flight of stairs that got me. I crumpled to the ground in agony. Ambulance, Emergency Room, x-ray and splint. Tomorrow I'm seeing th ortho for the "verdict" ... but I'm pretty sure I know what that news will be.
post #3538 of 10804

It's great to have so many posts from folks who are at different post op times and recovery stages. I can look ahead to what I can expect in the future. But, I also know from the posts, that all of us are different and should be careful when we try to compare. But still, I like to hear from evereyone. Hang in there. It gives me hope and inspiration and a sense that I am not alone.

post #3539 of 10804



Sorry your here visiting with us but I can honestly say this blog is awesome in so many ways.. Research and comparisons of QTRs since 2008 have helped me understand this injury. My ortho is hands off with PT and Im at 11 weeks post op. At my 6 week follow up I was giving a few examples of a few stretches and told to come back in 6 weeks lmao? I was able to research all the posts from 2008 and i only found 2 people with simular circumstances. I talked with a friend of a friend who is a PT for a major hospital and she was not happy with ROM, walking gait, and strength. She showed me a lot of stuff that I should have been doing and simply explained to me that if I did not get moving I would be looking at patella issues for the rest of my life. That was a week ago. I took her advise and I feel a lot stronger with a lot more range of motion. Protect the injury or protect ROM? tthats the question lol..

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You have said it well: the two extremes of rehab are protect the healing, or protect ROM. As you've read in my posts, my Mayo Clinic OS believes in three month healing period. Period. But, after four weeks, with two-piece cast, I began lifting leg at knee by adjustable braces. See him again this Thursday. He wants me at 45 degrees ROM. I will definitely ask him about more PT work, however. I'm guessing that both healing and ROM have to go hand in hand. But the timing is the variable.

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