Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of my quad tendon rupture, a complete tear that required surgery, PT, and everything else, as you all well know from your own experience.
I have been diligent about doing all the necessary exercises to rebuild my leg. I have regained almost complete range of motion, but the quad is still small and the muscles/tendons around the knee are still weak. The knee especially has difficulty receiving weight while flexed (such as in descending stairs). It occasionally collapses while I'm doing nothing more than walking - though I have not yet fallen down completely. (Still have good reflexes!) There is a tight feeling in leg while walking, as if someone has wrapped a band around my leg just above the knee, and I have a bit of a limp - there is not a smooth roll or bounce to my stride. A little flat-footed, it seems.
I used to be a distance runner, but I have not yet attempted my first post-op jog. My surgeon (whom I saw again two weeks ago) wants me to start on the elliptical machine at the gym. He said that from this point onward he can make no promises about any future recovery. He also said that it will take two years from the date of surgery to know with certainty what the permanent effects will be. Meanwhile, I'm going to keep trying to regain my pre-injury level of athletic ability. Still a long way from that target! I was a little surprised to hear my surgeon say during my last visit that I have already made a better recovery than the majority of his QTR patients. I remember at least one of you guys (was it you, "Vermont Soldier"?) making claims about being on mountain bikes just a few weeks after surgery!
It's been a few months since I last checked into this forum, but I would be happy to hear from any of you and answer any questions you might have about your injury and recovery and share my own experience with you.
Best wishes to all of you,