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Offline Vinny61

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1350 on: October 15, 2017, 02:47:16 PM »
Hi WCmom,

I tore both quad tendons on 9/1 and had surgery that day. My surgeon did say it was ok to bear weight with the braces on, which I did starting on day 3. And I did.do walk some without the walker or crutches starting the first week. I'm not sure if that is ok or not..

As far as your pain goes, I too have similar pain and tightness. I think it is normal but I would check with your doc...and be sure to ask about weight bearing without assistance (i.e., crutch or wwalker).

I started PT at week 3. They had me doing quad sets, heel slides while lying on my back, letting my knees bend while sitting on the end of a table, but straightening with assistance  ( a belt ). They also gave me exercises to do at home, which I do 3 times a day.

Like I said, I'm at 6 weeks and won't be able to have the braces unlocked ( 70 degrees) to walk until 8 weeks. But I can now unlock the braces (they're set to only bend to 70 degrees) while sitting, and I've cleared to drive, although I haven't tried it yet..today maybe the day!

I too have a dog.. a Boxer who is always pawing me somewhere. Also he thinks he's a lap dog. But my biggest issue with him is his hair. The braces that I have now are black with black velcro straps, which collect tons of dog hair!


bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture 09/01/17
Surgery to repair both tendons 09/01/17

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1351 on: October 15, 2017, 06:08:25 PM »
Thanks for the comments and support!

Wow, Vinny, I cant believe how you are handling things with both legs.  I am locked fully extended for 6 weeks.  No PT or even passive bending until then.  At that point only unlocked to 30 degrees.  They say I can drive at that point but I donít thing 30 will even get me in the front of my car.  I am nervous about bending after so long.  But then again I have become nervous about a lot of things!

And my dog has long white fur - it is everywhere and now attached to the velcro as well...

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1352 on: October 16, 2017, 06:20:20 PM »
I did the double over 4 years ago and still have tightness in both legs yet today. I don't know if that is the norm or not. PT had me up walking with a walker and braces locked 2 hours after surgery because the surgeon was concerned about blood clots. My first PT session was 6 weeks after surgery and went 2 times a week for 3 months.
Bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture 10/1/13
Surgery 10/2/13

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1353 on: October 19, 2017, 02:55:17 PM »
Mojocpa,

When did they start unlocking your braces?  I've heard 6 weeks and 8 weeks. My doc says 8 ( which is next week) if I can bend both knees 90 degrees. I'm almost there.

Also, how long did you have to keep the braces on for?
bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture 09/01/17
Surgery to repair both tendons 09/01/17

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1354 on: October 19, 2017, 03:13:45 PM »
I believe the Dr allowed them to be at 30 degrees at 6-7 weeks. I was out of them at 10 weeks and the last time I had them on was at 3 months, because we were going to a casino on New Years Eve and I was paranoid being around a lot of people.
Bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture 10/1/13
Surgery 10/2/13

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1355 on: November 01, 2017, 10:52:13 PM »
I was hoping to check in and ask some questions about discomfort and pain.

I am still not doing any bending or PT yet.  I walk around at home without crutches, but carefully. And I use crutches outside the home.

I only took painkillers (even over the counter) the first 3 dayís after surgery.  My concerns are not so much about dealing with pain but how to know when the discomfort or pain is normal or OK versus when it is cause for concern.

Over the past 2 weeks I have had increased discomfort.  A few times I have had fairly bad pain, not really associated with walking around or doing anything.  My knee and just above are sensitive and sometimes painful to the touch.  And I have on and off pain over the knee cap and just above.  Sometimes standing, sometimes just sitting.

Are most people pain free by 6 weeks outside of when they are doing PT?  Is pain an indicator or a problem?  I know all cases are different...

I have a 6 week check up soon, but still wanted thoughts from people that have been recovering from this injury in addition to thoughts of the surgeon.  Thanks for the help!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1356 on: November 02, 2017, 10:54:25 PM »
Guess in my case, I took ocky's for a good 4 months. The first surgery was painful for the first couple of weeks in particular. Then more of a dull ache for a month or so. Did the re rupture about 2 months after the original , and while it didn't hurt as much, it hurt longer. They casted my leg for 6 weeks the second time and I' d get cramps once or twice a week for about a months, so I'd take a pill at bedtime as a preventive measure. It worked for the cramps.

Not sure if that helps or not, but that's my story

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1357 on: November 07, 2017, 05:22:09 AM »
Finally saw the PT at almost 7 weeks post op.  A little discouraging that they donít think I will be able to drive until I can get to 90 degrees bending.  Ok, maybe more than just a little.

The PT took it fairly easy today.  Just some massage and the first attempts at bending.  I didnít even get to 30 degrees. 

Being the only adult in the house has just been and will continue to be hard.  I am independent.  But this is a little much!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1358 on: November 07, 2017, 09:51:46 AM »
Hi WestcoastMom

Driving without the OK of your OS would invalidate you car insurance cover - so just bear a few more week & even then, make sure that your car seat is right back, and that you can do an emergency stop without difficulty.

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1359 on: November 09, 2017, 11:34:17 PM »
Thanks John.  I certainly wonít drive until the PT signs off on it.  And I am no where near ready.  I was just commenting on how difficult this is being the only adult in the house and not really having anyone to rely on.

Any comments on ROM would be great.  I had my 2nd PT visit today.  I am just over 7 weeks after surgery.  Fully extended for 7 weeks.  I had to really push to get to 45 degrees today.  This seems to be fairly far behind from other stories I have read.  I feel concerned that it is so tight it will be hard to get much further.

Thanks!

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1360 on: November 11, 2017, 09:28:41 AM »
30/40 ROM is the expected normal after 6 weeks, then the next milestone is 90ROM after twelve weeks .

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1361 on: November 11, 2017, 03:26:13 PM »
Just want to give an update for anyone that is just starting out on this journey of a lifetime. Today is 10 weeks for me. My bilateral ruptures occurred on 9/1/17 while doing relatively heavy front squats at Crossfit.

I had surgery the same day and started PT at 3 weeks. ( just heel slides and quad sets, but I'm glad they started me that early). I just did sponge baths for the first 4 1/2 weeks. I then became an expert on the garbage bag thing. ( the secret is to cut holes in the bottom so your feet stick out, then tuck the bag into the bottom of the braces. Tuck a small towel into the top of the braces in case of leakage,  then use shoe laces to get the bag tight above the braces...then tightly  tape with white waterproof medical tape)

I was able to unlock my braces to 90 degrees for sitting  at 6 weeks. That allowed me to drive  and go back to work.

At 8 weeks, I was able to walk with the braces at 20 degrees. 9 weeks @ 45 and 10 weeks @ 65. I hope to go to 90 next week. I see the doctor on 11/28 and hope to lose the braces then. But, I still can't do stairs with the braces unlocked, so I'm not sure about the 28th.

As far as ROM, It was really bad but then it came fast.. Don't remember the exact week..Or maybe it was a little bit at a time. BE SURE TO DO THE EXERCISES PT TELLS YOU TO DO AT HOME!!!! I'm currently  at 110 while lying on my back and at 95-100 lying on my stomach.

AND, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS: don't get down on your self! Keep a positive attitude and remember as bad as you have it, there are many people that have it worse than you..Think kids with cancer..that always worked for me!

ALSO, this place helped me SO MUCH...So for anyone just starting out, please reach out to me if you have ny questions



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Surgery to repair both tendons 09/01/17

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1362 on: November 11, 2017, 03:39:44 PM »
WCMOM,

Don't get discouraged about your ROM. 45 is good since you just started PT. It will will increase quickly. Be sure to do the home exercises that PT gives you.. Take it very seriously and put the work in.

One exercise that really helped me was leg curls while lying on my stomach. Once I started doing those ( 3 sets of 10 3 times a day), my ROM started to increase quickly..So ask your PT about those..

bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture 09/01/17
Surgery to repair both tendons 09/01/17

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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1363 on: November 20, 2017, 12:01:51 PM »
Hi everyone!!! It's been awhile.

It's now a year and 2 months after surgery for my right quad tendon. After a couple months physical therapy I had to go back to work, and do the rest of my recovery (still in my immobilizer brace) at work. Got out of the brace for good on 5/1/2017. Started physical therapy again in July, 2017.

Lost my job August 25th. Couldn't do PT past August 31st due to the ending of my insurance. Bending at approximately 89 degrees ROM.

Finally started PT again this past week, thanks to money from consulting work which helped me catch up on my COBRA, which helped me start PT again. Still walking with a cane. Of course, I can't get a job anywhere because everyone thinks "instant liability" when I go into an interview with a cane. So I am doing my damndest to get back to walking without a cane again.

Thanks to PT, I am starting to regain more ROM and regain strength in my right leg.

Thank God things are going as well as they are. Thank God.  It's been a hell of a s**t year, but finally things are looking up.


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Re: Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
« Reply #1364 on: November 20, 2017, 03:28:51 PM »
Turbo,

It's great you're back doing PT.  Why do you think your ROM was only 89 degrees @ 1 year + surgery?  Were you doing anything on your own when you weren't going to PT?  I can't stress enough how important the home exercises are.  Heel slides and leg curls are your best friends..

Please keep us up to date!
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Surgery to repair both tendons 09/01/17















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