The SPECIALIST'S OFFICE => Ruptured patellar tendon or ruptured quadriceps tendon => Topic started by: mrpleasant on November 12, 2014, 09:14:33 PM

Title: RPT veteran discovers there are more like him!
Post by: mrpleasant on November 12, 2014, 09:14:33 PM
Hello, all. I'm delighted to have found this forum. Basically, I need to sort myself out. I'm currently 55 years old and have never got anything like normal function - or muscle size - back in my lower thigh and knee area since a double RPT 'event' shortly after my 40th birthday in 1999. I've never had a feasible explanation for why it happened, but I think the simplest explanation is probably closest to the truth: I have poor joints (generally); I weakened the knee area and probably introduced micro-tearing of the PTs in both legs over many years at the gym, trying to build up, ironically, VMO size and strength; I then ruptured both PTs simultaneously doing a martial arts class.

So, fifteen years later, I walk OK, but can't run more than a few yards; my knees feel as though they have no cushioning within the joints whatsoever; my gait and the general weakness of the knees mean standing for more than a few minutes hurts my lower back and I often get sharp hip pain. Over the years I have often returned to the gym and even had spells when I get away with quite vigorous training, such as light front squats. The muscle begins to return, but inevitably my knees will suddenly complain and all exercise has to stop, usually for weeks or even months at a time until the pain and instability subsides.

If anyone can recommend tried and tested ways to 'wake up' the muscles around my knee/lower thigh and help build them up again, I will be forever in your debt. I feel old before my time and it's frankly ludicrous how long I have let this situation go on for.
Title: Re: RPT veteran discovers there are more like him!
Post by: John42 on November 13, 2014, 07:08:51 PM
Hi Mr Pleasant

Read your post - a double RPT/RQT is so rare, perhaps no posted each year & 15 years later, you are still suffering.

I don`t know where you live, but it sounds to me that a positive investment, would be to see a top class Orthopaedic Consultant - I would go easy with sports activities until you get some positive feedback.

Keep posting and lets have your feedback.   

Where do you live?     

Take care

JohnK/ Manchester UK
Title: Re: RPT veteran discovers there are more like him!
Post by: fishy on November 15, 2014, 12:48:40 AM
Mr Pleasant;  Welcome to the club!!  if you check this site out you will find two or three double RPT'ers rattling around.  Oh, by the way, I am a double!  I read your posting with great interest.  My story:  May 24, 2013 I fell down a two step staircase and bingo, a double was born.  May 27th, 2013 I had surgery at JBER (military hospital in Anchorage, Alaska).  12 weeks of braces, PTing along side airborne and special forces studs (I was 66 years old at the time of the breaks).  The straps on my braces originally barely fit my legs (I was a marathoner x many), and by the time I heaved the braces my quads had lost 4 inches in circumference.  I am now 18 months post surgery... I walk normally, go up and down stairs with a normal stride BUT always holding the hand rail (and yes, down is still scary), running hasn't been possible (age + atrophy).  My PT doc said I would probably get to about 80% of my pre injury and I would say he was spot on.  I really want more but realize that for me time isn't on my side.  I will keep myself active, I can do most of the stuff life puts in front of me.  I just got to the point where I can stand and sit without, for me anyway, the small progresses I have make life a little sweeter each day.  Keep posting Mr. Pleasant, educate yourself with the references provided here, and keep up the good fight.  And to all my brother and sister RPTers stay strong and positive.... Bob