Recovery - suggestions !

Rupture of one of the major tendons attaching to the top or the bottom of the patella.
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Recovery - suggestions !

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Hi all,

I had a full thickness rupture of the Patella Tendon a few years back and still the leg feels weak when returning to activities that I used to do !

It is fine day to day but anything more demanding and the problems exist. Putting weight on the leg when in a bent forward position (such as a pistol squat movement) I cant get past 30 degrees or so. Massive problem when using steep steps and slopes as you can imagine.

I'm wondering if this is mechanical and there is some restriction, or if the rehab was not good and the muscle has just not grown back in the correct places and strength.

Anyone experienced similar ? Any advice ?

Really appreciated :)
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That was a major injury, and you may have some scar tissue behind the tendon? This paper talks about a re-rupture https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5439322/ but I am just pointing out that during the second surgery the surgeon who published that paper found -
...dense adhesions from the previous surgical repair.....
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I have read and reread your notes

I think that a further visit to your orthopedic Consultant is required, to get a professional
assessment - I would have thought a further scan might show up the problem area and mode of action.
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What type of repair did you have? Does the tendon feel loose or too tight?
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From what you've described, it's possible that there may be a combination of mechanical factors and residual weakness from the injury and subsequent rehabilitation. It's not uncommon for muscle imbalances or limitations in range of motion to persist even after an injury has healed.

I would recommend consulting with a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist who can assess your specific situation and provide personalized guidance. They can conduct a thorough evaluation to identify any underlying mechanical issues, assess your strength and flexibility, and develop a targeted rehabilitation plan to address your concerns.

In the meantime, you may also benefit from incorporating targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee and improve flexibility. However, it's important to do so under the guidance of a professional to ensure you're performing the exercises correctly and safely.
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