@Jeff the Klutz
Hey there jeff, I'm glad you poked your head in. It sounds like you've been holding well enough. Just want to let you know there is life after a re-injury. It's been about 10 weeks since my re-rupture and things are progressing slowlh but steadily, kind of like a marathon pace.
Finished my third week of formal PT, rom is a little behind where it should but i'm doing more strengthening than most protocols say i should be doing. Doing it carefully, though. Got my knee flexion to 107 at end of this morning's treatment but it's been impro ing 1-2 degrees ea visit, probably. I'm going up and down stairs with a normal gait pattern despite the tightness in the tendon, i can get my leg around a complete revolution on the airdyne, have been for a week, i'm back to work for 2 weeks now, had to talk my OS into that one. I almost got my leg around full circle on my road bike earlker this week.
I sat down to the math, correct me if i'm wrong but it's been approx 18 1/2 weeks since your first tear, and it's been 17 1/2 since mine. My point is you might be surprised how you knee is when you get the cast off. Mine wasn't casted but you had more rehab time before your re-injury. If you've been doing your quad sets strength may be better than you think. How was your rom just before that second incident?
When younget the cast off ask the Dr about a functional stimulation unit for your quads. I thinkmit really helped maintain my quad strength prior to starting actual therapy. The PT you were seeing should give you the name of a vendor in your area. I really think it would help before you start PT again. You said early june for the cast coming off so that's around the corner.
Knee to know hit the nail on the head. Everyone on this board has helped in some way and so have you. We're all here for you now. Keep us up to date, buddy.
Thank you for the kind words. So, didn't you re-injure fairly early on? I didn't realize we were so close as far as when the original tear happened. My injury was 12/29 ans surgery 1/7. And I was about 15 weeks post op. My ROM was 140. I was doing squats, etc. My OS and I agree that my leg was about 60-65% well. Not bad at all but at the same time that's the reason it re-tore. Leg wasn't strong enough to support my weird gyrations. Anyway, in two weeks I get the cast removed and move into brace hell. Oh, brace hell sounds so good right now. But yeah, it's going to be a marathon (ok, I guess it already is) and not one where the Kenyan guy runs 2hrs and 4min. Sounds like you are coming along quite well. No reason to push too hard. But you (and this is for everyone) do have to work really hard to get the leg back to full power and flexibility. Maybe not as good as original but close. I know I am preaching to the choir on that. This board has been ultra important to me. I'll have more recovery stories once I get to start PT.