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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #540 on: July 21, 2010, 04:17:41 PM »
Yes, the poor night sleep for me was solved with meds. I didn't need anything during the day but the night pain was the worst!  :(
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 #541 on: July 21, 2010, 06:35:03 PM »
Hi Partpatrol

Welcome to the RQT club - if you let me have your e-mail address, I wil send you three documents which will enable you to get an idea of the rehab procedure.

How did you sustain your injuty?     where do you live.

Take care

JohnK/Manchester UK
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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #542 on: July 21, 2010, 08:45:39 PM »
I'm seven weeks into rehab, my brace is currently set to 900 (coming off next week), and with the current exercise regime I really feel that I'm making progress.

However, like a number of people I've had trouble getting comfortable and sleeping at night.

Therefore, I've started using a TENS machine (http://www.patient.co.uk/health/TENS-Machines.htm) for about an hour before going to bed. My wife has used one for years for her neck and shoulders; I've always been sceptical, but it gives me enough relief to be able to get to sleep, but I'm still waking up at about 3:30, wanting to chuck my brace across the room! The literature says that they work for some people but not for everybody - I may just be one of the lucky ones.
Ron - ruptured quad tendon, June 4th 2010 , taking the dog for a walk!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #543 on: July 25, 2010, 12:51:28 PM »
Today I am 8 weeks post op for a quadricep tendon mechanism repair following a fall - I had been worrying that I didnt seem to be progressing -  however - This morning I actually managed 5 straight leg lifts without the brace - WOW ---didnt want to over do it so wont try again till next session later today but I am so pleased that I want to jump for joy (on second thoughts perhaps I will give that a miss  ;D).
I have been able to do a few with the brace on - but I now feel like I am getting somewhere. I have my brace set for 60 degrees bend but cannot do anything like that - maybe about 25-30. I have tried very hard to do heel slides but just cant do it despite using towels/scarfs etc to aid this-  no pain just feels like my knee wants to pop out as its so tight.
On Wednesday I will be back in physio to go to a 90 degree bend for a further 2 weeks before they remove it.

My question is- has anyone else been prescribed the gradual ROM (30/60/90) and not got there in prescribed timescales

If I still cant manage the 90 degrees will they keep me in it until I can get a better ROM?
Or maybe it will just appear one day like my SLL today





 
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 #544 on: July 25, 2010, 01:05:58 PM »
Hi

60 ROM at 8 weeks is very good, and your next milestone is 90 ROM, which should be attained at about week 12/14 - again the word PATIENCE springs to mind - don`t rush it, listen to your knee.

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #545 on: July 28, 2010, 06:31:24 PM »
been to physio today my brace is now set at 90 but she couldnt force my bend any more than 40 and said it is very stiff so try harder so i told her i'm listening to my knee and its telling me to stop (lol) she was very concerned about the stiffness so has referred me back to the specialist as she said i may need a MUA but meanwhile will get me an appointment in the hydro pool

i have read on this site some horrible stories about MUA so has anyone had a good experience of this  and reassure me??
and what actually is a hydro pool??
she said whatever happens the brace comes off 2 weeks today...

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 #546 on: July 29, 2010, 12:37:59 AM »
been to physio today my brace is now set at 90 but she couldnt force my bend any more than 40 and said it is very stiff so try harder so i told her i'm listening to my knee and its telling me to stop (lol) she was very concerned about the stiffness so has referred me back to the specialist as she said i may need a MUA but meanwhile will get me an appointment in the hydro pool

i have read on this site some horrible stories about MUA so has anyone had a good experience of this  and reassure me??
and what actually is a hydro pool??
she said whatever happens the brace comes off 2 weeks today...



I wouldn't worry too much yet, It was about 12 weeks before I got to 90 degrees, and the Physio thought I was doing very well. I was never given an adjustable brace, after 7 weeks, I was told to
manage with a brace.

My ROM is equal to my good leg now.

Keep doing the passive bending exercises.

Jack.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #547 on: July 29, 2010, 12:51:49 PM »
I was 10 weeks in a full cast, then another month or more with velcro brace doing gentle exercises so wouldn't woory about the time scale, just be sure to do the right exercises. Will be 12 months next week since my QTR and generally back to normal now though had to have cartilage tear repaired by keyhole surgery bout 3 weeks ago. Keep ur chin up!!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #548 on: August 08, 2010, 06:57:38 PM »
Hi Guys,
I ruptured my left quadriceps tendon last Sunday 1 August 2010, and it was operated on the following day and I was allowed home on the Tuesday wearing a full leg brace, haven't had the full run done on what to expect yet as my outpaitents appointment won't be for another week yet, but if anyone out there can through any light on what I can expect for the next few weeks/months I would be very grateful. ???

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #549 on: August 08, 2010, 07:17:50 PM »
Hi 

By now you will have realised that you have sustained a very serious inuury with a long rehab in front of you.

How did you sustain your injury?    where do you live?

I am sending you three documents to read all about the rehab procedure - read up previous posts on this thread..........

Take care

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Slipped on black ice.  Manchester UK

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #550 on: August 12, 2010, 10:04:36 PM »
Year later after surgery Im having pain in my knee...the muscle has not completly gained its strength back...I jus had an MRI an they said that have Chondromalacia of the medial femoral condyle and small joint effusion....Now what? Do I just wear a brace and get cortizone shots for the rest of my life? I have no clue what to do...I can't run for long period of time and short quick run hurts...I am at a loss...any one with any suggestion? :-\

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #551 on: August 13, 2010, 11:05:24 PM »
11 weeks post operation - brace now off as managed the 90degree bend at last. no more trips to consultant  as I  have been discharged- just the physio now to build up the quads strength. Also down to one crutch - knee still very large which im told is not swelling but internal injury scarring which 'might' improve over time - i hope so because its three times as big as the good knee....
next goal for me is to drive again but cant bend leg enough to get in drivers seat yet- no hurry as once im driving i have to go back to work...
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 #552 on: August 30, 2010, 04:07:53 PM »
I ruptured (complete) my quads tendon and came out of plaster post-op roughly 6 months back now.  The consultant didn't give me a brace afterwards but booked me straight in for physio twice a week for a couple of months.  This seemed to do the trick, particularly in regaining range of movement as this now seems pretty much equal to the uninjured leg.  However, getting the strength and stability back in the injured leg seems to be a much tougher proposition.

Just wondered if this is the same experience other people have having?  I don't know because since the consultant discharged me 3 weeks after coming out of plaster there's been no follow-up or assessment to see if everything's on schedule.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #553 on: August 30, 2010, 10:27:32 PM »
Hi everyone, it's me again.  Since I found this thread earlier today I've been avidly reading up on as many other peoples' experiences as I can.  One thing that strikes me is that I haven't found anyone yet who mentions that their repair was done by using suture anchors rather than drilling the patella and stiching the tendon directly to that.

My repair operation was done in January of this year and the was done by placing two suture anchors into the top of my patella, to which the tendon was re-attached.  Has anyone else had this particular procedure carried out on them and, if so, how's your rehab gone on?

Gary

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #554 on: August 31, 2010, 07:47:03 AM »
Hi Gary

In fact I am given to understand that most tendon repairs are done by drilling four holes in the Patella (kneecap) and securing the tendon to it with sutres.

You are now 7/8 months gone, and the tendon should be nearly healed and secure - if you are in doubt, then have it  checked out. 

Wires are used, if the patient is of a heavier build for more security.

Take care, certainly for the first twelve months - you don`t want to rerupture the tendon.

JohnK/ Manchester UK

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