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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #525 on: July 07, 2010, 10:18:40 AM »
Hi Ron


I will send you the details how to apply for a blue badge.

Driving again - say 3 months or more - depends on the strenght of your leg depressing the brake pedals - place your seat right back as and when you get driving.

Watch out for wet surfaces etc .

Keep in touch

Best wishes

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Slipped on black ice.  Manchester UK

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #526 on: July 09, 2010, 06:41:57 PM »
quick update on progress of my quadricep tendon repair

accident - may 20 (splint/crutches)
operation  may 29 (splint/crutches
1st physio - june 29th - splint adjusted to 30 degree bend - no problems
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last night i managed a straight leg lift (only 1 but wow i managed it)
today saw my specialist and all attempts of showing him failed - he says the muscles have wasted away so need to do more exercise to build it up again. i asked him lots of questions-one of which was
why has no one at any time told me to put ice on my knee and he said its because i dont need it.....all i need to do is elevate it to reduce the swelling (its about 3-4 times bigger than my other knee)
so its back to physio on monday for 60degree adjustment and back to specialist in 4 weeks and another two months off work (at least)

 
Ruptured quadricep tendons - accident 20-05-10
Repair tendon mechanism operation 29-05-10
was signed off work for 6mths---really didn't think id walk again - now almost 16 mths later i am approx. 85% back to 'normal' and thinks this is how its gonna be from now on....

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #527 on: July 09, 2010, 09:26:41 PM »
Not only is the ice soothing but it also takes down swelling. I would be icing every 20 minutes a few times a day. In fact when I awoke in the middle of the night in pain often the soothing ice was often all I needed to get back to sleep....

Sue
Dislocation of left patella and as a result left patellar tendon rupture in the medial section/torn at both ends.
3 Previous surgeries-semitendiosis tenodesis
Reconstruction surgery left knee October 10 '07
TKR right knee May 25 '10.....successful!
Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #528 on: July 18, 2010, 12:20:45 AM »
Help! My husband just found out yesterday that he may have a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right leg. He is scheduled for a MRI next week to find out for sure. The really bad news is that we do not have health insurance, can any one tell me what can happen if he waits to have surgery and maybe how long he can wait. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #529 on: July 18, 2010, 12:28:04 AM »
This is an injury which CANNOT in my opinion wait. I ruptured my patellar tendon which technically is the same thing... I was not diagnosed for 10 months and I paid in scar tissue....not nice   :o   ...I ended up having to have a lot more done in repair...my 2 cents....
Dislocation of left patella and as a result left patellar tendon rupture in the medial section/torn at both ends.
3 Previous surgeries-semitendiosis tenodesis
Reconstruction surgery left knee October 10 '07
TKR right knee May 25 '10.....successful!
Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #530 on: July 18, 2010, 02:41:33 AM »
If diagnosis is ruptured quad tendon....Do not postphone surgery!  Early surgery = better repair/rehab and function.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #531 on: July 19, 2010, 12:03:03 PM »
I agree with what has been said before - get it done ASAP.

I'm not sure you need a scan to diagnose it - mine was diagnosed by x-ray, you can clearly see that the kneecap has moved forward by about an inch, and the doctor showed me that he could put his finger in a 'gap' where the kneecap should be!

I'm surprised that it's possible to wait for surgery - when I had my accident I was unable to stand up, let alone do anything else!

I suffered my injury at 10:30 am, and the hospital were keen to operate before the end of that day, as the longer it's left the more difficult the rehab.
Ron - ruptured quad tendon, June 4th 2010 , taking the dog for a walk!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #532 on: July 19, 2010, 01:13:52 PM »
I'm surprised that it's possible to wait for surgery - when I had my accident I was unable to stand up, let alone do anything else!

Ron....I walked for 10 months with my patellar/quad tendon mostly detached at both ends and ruptured to shreds in the middle...it's possible! The doctor who finally diagnosed it couldn't believe it either!!

Sue   :)
Dislocation of left patella and as a result left patellar tendon rupture in the medial section/torn at both ends.
3 Previous surgeries-semitendiosis tenodesis
Reconstruction surgery left knee October 10 '07
TKR right knee May 25 '10.....successful!
Limited ROM/TKR left knee May 25 2015...successful.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #533 on: July 20, 2010, 10:46:09 AM »
I am surprised about waiting for surgery too, I could only 'walk' once my leg was put in a splint and that was just to hobble to the ambulance, had no control of lifting my heel

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #534 on: July 20, 2010, 05:35:40 PM »
The only reason we will wait will be due to the no insurance issue. We are both selfemployed and times are really bad for use right now. So he thinks if he can still walk and work thats what he needs to do. He will schdule the MRI this week to make sure that is what it is. But trust me I think the big bulge at the top of his leg tells the story.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #535 on: July 20, 2010, 06:00:16 PM »
The only reason we will wait will be due to the no insurance issue. We are both selfemployed and times are really bad for use right now. So he thinks if he can still walk and work thats what he needs to do. He will schdule the MRI this week to make sure that is what it is. But trust me I think the big bulge at the top of his leg tells the story.

There is a simple test to confirm tendon rupture, far cheaper than MRI.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1964733/

Jack.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #536 on: July 20, 2010, 06:27:41 PM »
Hello All.

I'm new to this forum, just found it.

My story, I live near Bolton, North West England, I'm 65 YO, and was out walking in the
hills when my left foot slid away on some loose gravel. I braced my right leg to
prevent myself from falling, crack, down I went. The pain was incredible, I remember
saying, "OH bother, that smarts", or words to that effect.

I tried to stand, but the pain was too much, so it was a mobile (Cell) phone
call to the Ambulance service.

When I explained my location, and suggested they may have to send the
Mountain Rescue team, the operator decided to send the Air ambulance
helicopter, which arrived within 10 minutes.

I was flown to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where, after several hours, was diagnosed
with QTR.

I had the surgery 5 days later, and was in the hospital for 5 days, as I live
alone and they wanted to be sure that I could look after myself.

I was sent home with a rigid Nylon and aluminium splint, the district Nurse
called 2 days later to change my dressing and again after 2 weeks to
remove the staples.

I managed to hobble about on two crutches, and after 7 weeks, the
splint was removed, and I was sent for Physiotherapy.

It was 14 weeks before I had enough ROM to drive again, and
probably 20 weeks before I acheived near full ROM.

After just over 12 months, I'm nearly back to normal, but the
thought of slipping again is always in the back of my mind, and
I remember the injury every day, and with every slight twing
in the knee.

A long post, but a long story.

Jack.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #537 on: July 20, 2010, 10:55:11 PM »
hi Jack
I am 56 years old and had a similar fall on may 20th this year and had same injury as you,god- didnt it hurt --- i am interested with the timescales you gave as it gives me a bit of hope -  i am 7 weeks post operation and cant yet see that light at the end of the tunnel. my splint is currently set at 60 degrees but im nowhere near achieving this i feel im stuck at 30 degrees.The excercises  seem impossible although i  have just about managed the straight leg lift with the splint on- cant do it without and cant do heel slides - next week i have to have it adjusted to 90degrees for 2 weeks then they are removing it - i am so scared that its going to tear again which is why i think the excercises are not working because perhaps im not trying hard enough.

my dr has currently signed me off till september 27th - as although i mainly have a desk job- i manage staff at outstations so have to drive to visit/support them. i need to be fully fit before returning and as yet i cant see it happening.
Ruptured quadricep tendons - accident 20-05-10
Repair tendon mechanism operation 29-05-10
was signed off work for 6mths---really didn't think id walk again - now almost 16 mths later i am approx. 85% back to 'normal' and thinks this is how its gonna be from now on....

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #538 on: July 21, 2010, 01:22:27 AM »
Hello Readinggal.

I understand your concerns, I felt the same way. I wasn't given any information
by the hospital as what the final outcome would be, in fact, I wasn't
visited by any Doctor after my operation, even though I was in for
5 days, so I couldn't ask any questions. The nursing staff were great though.

The next time I saw a Doctor, was when I went to the oupatient clinic after
seven weeks, and he was only interested in how the wound had healed. He said
I didn't need the splint anymore, and when I asked if I needed any support
for the knee, he said no, I should just get the knee moving again, and signed
me off.

I had 6 Physio sessions at two week intervals, after which they said I didn't
need anymore, just keep doing the exercises.

The exercise I found most effective to increase ROM, was to lie on my back,
loop a scarf roud my ankle, and gently pull back and hold for 30 seconds.This
was repeated many times a day.

I was also told to hook my good foot around the front of my bad one
and pull back, while sitting at my desk. These seemed to work well.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, just be patient, and don't try to
rush it, tendons heal slowly. Be gentle with yourself.

Jack.
 


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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #539 on: July 21, 2010, 03:55:52 PM »
Hello All,

I'm at 10 weeks post surgery from my left tendon quad rupture.  I began PT 2 weeks ago and have 75 degrees ROM.  I am able to walk without crutches or cane.  Everything seems to be going well with all the exercises I do.  Thing is, for the past 4 weeks, I am having trouble sleeping.  I tried the pillow between my legs, sleeping on my back and I just can't find a comfortable position.  I still have some swelling around  the knee and also notice more pain at night.  I toss and turn and always feel tired the next day. It's frustrating as my quality of sleep is suffering.  Anyone else goes through this?















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