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Offline fishy

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5190 on: February 10, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
Fishy here...week 39 and feelin stronger.  Did 4 45 minute hydrotherapy workouts of running, lunges, slow stretches (with follow up hot tub...wonderful!), and only one weight training day....and it seemed to work for me.  Stayed at a resort that had a four foot deep pool (lovely weekend getaway...) Walking on ice and snow was much easier, going up and down stairs less of a hustle,  My ROM is great, gotta work on the strength.  Hope everyone is staying strong and be kind to yourself.... Bob

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5191 on: February 10, 2014, 05:04:27 PM »
Hi Fishy   


Beware that Ice and snow - lethal   


Take care

JohnK/ Manchester UK
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Slipped on black ice.  Manchester UK

Complete Ruptured Tendon

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5192 on: February 10, 2014, 06:20:55 PM »
Hey John42, I live in Alaska....and ice/snow are pretty to look at but a bummer to traverse....thanks for the warning.  Stay strong,   Bob

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5193 on: February 10, 2014, 07:40:51 PM »
does anyone have any problems with missing a few degrees of hyperextension compared to their normal leg? I feel like my first PT did a horrible job of restoring extension and after a while ur tissues harden up so I am missing a couple of degrees when i fully straighten my leg. He agressively worked on flexion and not extension..

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5194 on: February 10, 2014, 08:31:14 PM »
Hi bballkingoffnba

Remind me how many months since you sustained your injury

It is not likely to reach pre injury status, but you should get near enough within 12 months to live a normal life.

Take care

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5195 on: February 10, 2014, 08:56:22 PM »
bballking, I have noticed a slight difference in the angle of hyperextension I get with my right leg (I am a double RPT) as opposed to my left.  I had an extensor lag with the right, when I first started PT and doing leg lifts.  I also know that the damage to the right was worse (strained the MCL/ACL when I had the RPT as I fell and tried to get up twice before injuring the left).  When I was working with the PT, both in home and at the facility, they told me that propping my heel on towels or pillows and letting the legs hyperextend was crucial to limiting loss of ROM.  I dont think I am suffering anymore with the extensor lag and my right feels much better in terms of not feeling like it is going to buckle.  Hope that helps BB.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Tom
Bilateral patellar tendon rupture 7/19/13

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5196 on: February 10, 2014, 11:40:17 PM »
My PT never had me do heel props. I found out later that he was horrible and other patients had a lot of complaints about him. I feel like thats why my leg has tightened in the back. I feel tighter in my injured leg when walking and it bothers me. I am almost 2 years post op so I am guessing I may need another scope to remove scar tissue...

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5197 on: February 11, 2014, 10:05:58 PM »
Man, heel props were one of the best times as I could take a brace off and let it air out and just hang loose.  And my OS and rehab PT told me almost first off that avoiding the hyperextension problems would be the key to walking normally when I was ready. So after two years, have you regained full function and no other problems BB?
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5198 on: February 12, 2014, 04:17:57 AM »
I was just really unlucky. My surgeon had an emergency so another orthopedist filled in for him who wasnt a knee specialist. I think he didnt really tell me to slow down my flexion and never noticed my passive extension so I kept thinking everything must be going well. Functionally, I am fine. Tendon is fine too even tho its a little longer than the other one, but I have heard of ppl with longer tendon despite slow PT. So maybe thats just how they heal. i just have a lot of pain in my kneecap but i think thats from the fracture i suffered and the cartilage i lost behind it. do you have full hyperextension in your legs carl?

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5199 on: February 13, 2014, 08:27:33 AM »
Update Week 7: Saw my specialist last week and looks ok on scan - tendon is stretching and getting thinner but muscles very weak now.  My target is now 90 degree bend by end of next week, my PT got me to 70 degrees but with a bit of effort.   Muscles still very weak and can't lift leg yet which looks like my arm now.  At least getting some reaction from the muscles now.

My brace has a 10 degree bend which will move up to 30 later this week and trying to do lots of walking with crutches still.  Doing quite a bit of swimming did 1,25km last night in reasonable time :-).

Still lots of ups ad downs but can see some progress.

Ciao T

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5200 on: February 13, 2014, 09:31:12 AM »
Hi Tazo

Reading your post this morning, I feel that you are running ahead too much - seven weeks should allow a 30/40ROM and the next milestone after 10 weeks or so is 90ROM - in other word, don`t rush it, PATIENCE as the tendon is still healing.

Keep posting

Take care

JohnK/ Manchester UK
Ruptured Patella Tendon January 9 2003
Slipped on black ice.  Manchester UK

Complete Ruptured Tendon

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5201 on: February 15, 2014, 12:02:30 PM »
 :) breaking news ........ after 15 weeks off work I return on Monday all confirmed today by works occupational therapy dept [recorded delivery no less] so back to 2 weeks of half days then a month of 6 hour days then full time the following month all office based till I get power/stability back to the leg then can return to my actual job so looking better than 2 weeks ago . stitches oot and return to gym this week with leg pressing 30-40 kilo on the bad leg and 10kg calf/quad lifts movement has gone up to 120 degrees on the knee with some tension at the top of knee but deffo better  exercise bike has gone from 40 rpm at level one to 120 rpm at level 10 with little pain/stiffness even after 20 minutes ,hydrotherapy starts again end of Feb for 3-4 appointments and then 3-4 app with the ground based therapy soon be bike riding again and looks like canal walks/low level stuff end of Feb .driving is great with no pain at knee at all when driving so the wire removal has worked well as it allows the knee to bend with no rubber banding at top of knee .good luck to all on this adventure

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5202 on: February 18, 2014, 12:54:16 AM »
Fishy here, week 40 begins.  Maybe its just me, but while I am working on my quads my butt muscles have been on a week long cramp....but life goes on.  Its nice to be able to complain about something other than walking,  balance, etc. Hydrotherapy has helped more in the last few weeks....hope you all are progressing....and keep posting.  Bob

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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5203 on: February 18, 2014, 01:47:09 AM »
Bob. Your butt muscles or your hamstrings? I have been finding I really have to be careful about hamstring stretches or they really tighten up
Stuart Rulka
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Re: Ruptured Patellar Tendon Surgery
« Reply #5204 on: February 18, 2014, 02:31:01 AM »
Stuart,  isn't it wonderful to complain about something other than that what brought me to this party!!! My quads are still small and my knnees urt on occasion,  but my message is I am healing .... stay strong my brothers and sister.... bob















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