Hey NJ Pete,
Thanks for starting the quad-tear website. I just found very useful information there. I was relieved to see that I am not alone in being less than 100% after close to a year. I did mine last Feb. and although I am doing things again like hiking, mountain biking etc, I am doing them at a much lower level. My outings are shorter, less steep, and spaced days days apart. I still get a little swelling and pain.
I would like to hear from anyone who is much longer than a year beyond surgery, or anyone who can tell me how long it to them to fell 90 to 100%.
Here is some info that I hope can be useful to others:
I think that though are plenty of quad tears out there and plenty of on-line treatment protocols for physical therapists, I have found issues with the PT's. My problem was that my therapist, (and likely many individuals) has not had a lot of long term history with quad recovery. As a result he misinterpreted the doctors instructions. The PTs are in the mindset for acl tears and knee replacement where the rule of thumb (after a point) is that if you can lift more, or bike more, or whatever, go ahead. "Let your pain be your guide" Those injuries require measured and graduated increases in weight bearing, but not remotely like a quad tear which is more long term and can be easily damaged even after several months. I was pushed too fast in PT and thought I was doing great and so resumed some activity too aggressively. My doc put the kabosh on that and warned me in no uncertain terms.
So now I am 10 months out and I can do light hiking for an hour, or light mountain biking for an hour. I get a little still or sore the next day and sometimes get only minimal swelling. I am actually afraid to increase my routines and when I have, the pain has increased.
A typical outing is where my knee area hurts when I start but warms up fast and I'm feeling good. It does not hurt until the next day where it will be sore for a few hours.
I'm not sure what ski season will bring but I'm thinking that I need to be real gentle until at least one year. Keep exercising but not expect to be "back". This entire ordeal has taught me patience. So I will bide my time and hope that in the long run it is not a game changer. For information purposes. I am 62 years old, traditionally very active and my biking / skiing has been between upper intermediate, and lower level advanced.
I hope this info can add to the knowledge out there.