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Old 03-12-2009, 12:49 PM
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Default So who has ruptured their patellar tendon besides me?

I am one week in to recovery, as of today, for surgery to repair my ruptured patellar tendon. I missed the last step on our basement stairs last Tuesday evening and also missed the end of the hand-rail. My left leg (wearing socks only) slipped on the tile landing, swept out from under me towards my right leg, and my full (210 lb.) weight went down on my kneecap / patellar tendon onto the tile, severing my tendon. Yes, it hurt very badly.

But I am on my way to recovery. I understand it's like a ten week rehab.

Does anyone else have practical experience with re-habbing their patellar tendon rupture?

Figured it wouldn't hurt to get some advice if it's out there...thanks!

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:48 PM
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Depending on your age....16-20 weeks of physical therapy is more like it...I did it when I was a young soldier back in the day, and the Army had me back on flight duty in 10 weeks...Nurse Wretched made sure of that
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Thanks Capt - not sure how long ago "back in the day" means to you...I'm hoping they have come up with some advancements in the procedures over the last ten years or so. From what I have read, they did make some significant discoveries and changes to the way they suture the wound internally, which I guess makes a big difference on how quickly it "takes" to healing and how sturdy it is. Hopefully this aids in the rehab process.

Well, I'll know more today - first follow-up visit with the Dr. since the surgery. I'm hoping they let me bend my knee in a traction brace enough so I can at least drive.

Thanks!

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I tore my ACL 18 months ago and had it surgically repaired. There are multiple ways to create a “new” ACL including using a cadaver tendon, part of your hamstring or cutting the middle third of the Patellar tendon out and using it to be the new ACL. The middle third will grow back over time. Anyway, I decided to us my Patellar tendon. 18 months later my Patellar still hurts from time to time. I cannot kneel on it for long and it is still sensitive to the touch. My ACL is now completely rehabbed and I’m back to sports, but it’s a long, long, long recovery road. Don’t rush it and spend lots of time rehabbing. No short cuts.
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It could have been worse....I shattered my heal the day after Thanksgiving. I didn't even begin therapy until 10 weeks after the fall. In this pic can you guess which foot is mine and which is my son's?
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Dawn Tireless,
Both those feet look pretty knawly!!! I guess your family just started walking upright.... just kiddin...I hope your getting better..
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Don't know about the patellar...took about 1 year for me to recover from BOTH my ACL injuries.
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That's pretty nasty Tireless. Actually very nasty.

Well I just got back from my first Dr.'s visit post-surgery. Three more weeks in the immobilzer brace with no bending. Then PT begins. They'll fit me with an adjustable brace at that time so I can start the PT.

Worst thing is I can't drive without being able to bend my left knee - can't fit in the cab of my Tacoma! The thought of my wife having to drive me around is terrible! Seriously though, relying on people to drive me sucks. Work-wise, luckily I can work from home and go in to the office maybe part-time - bosses are pretty cool about it.

Aghhh, frustrating! Goal is to be ready to splash the boat by Memorial Day Weekend.
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Dawn Tireless,
Both those feet look pretty knawly!!! I guess your family just started walking upright.... just kiddin...I hope your getting better..
LMAO... thanks for the unintentional giggle.
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That's pretty nasty Tireless. Actually very nasty.

Well I just got back from my first Dr.'s visit post-surgery. Three more weeks in the immobilzer brace with no bending. Then PT begins. They'll fit me with an adjustable brace at that time so I can start the PT.

Worst thing is I can't drive without being able to bend my left knee - can't fit in the cab of my Tacoma! The thought of my wife having to drive me around is terrible! Seriously though, relying on people to drive me sucks. Work-wise, luckily I can work from home and go in to the office maybe part-time - bosses are pretty cool about it.

Aghhh, frustrating! Goal is to be ready to splash the boat by Memorial Day Weekend.
A piece of advice......do absolutely everything the doc's tell you to do.....and don't anything they warn you to NOT do. I was instructed to spend the first month with my foot propped up ABOVE my heart....it wasn't easy but the consequences of not doing that would have severly lengthened by recovery. Good luck on the recovery.
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for a minute i thought the docter put the legs back on the wrong side


seriously, how do we know your other leg isn't just an gnarly?
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I tore my ACL 18 months ago and had it surgically repaired. There are multiple ways to create a “new” ACL including using a cadaver tendon, part of your hamstring or cutting the middle third of the Patellar tendon out and using it to be the new ACL. The middle third will grow back over time. Anyway, I decided to us my Patellar tendon. 18 months later my Patellar still hurts from time to time. I cannot kneel on it for long and it is still sensitive to the touch. My ACL is now completely rehabbed and I’m back to sports, but it’s a long, long, long recovery road. Don’t rush it and spend lots of time rehabbing. No short cuts.
Do you understand that a BTB allograft for an ACL repair is nothing (and I mean nothing) like a repair of a patellar tendon rupture?

Good luck w/ your rehab, you'll likely do fine, just don't expect to reagin quad strength in a day.
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Thanks guys for the words of support - Dr.'s visit was good, I am healing just fine, but the reality of the length of the recovery period is sinking in. Three more weeks of the immobilizer without bending at all, then another Dr. visit, then PT can begin. It's frustrating. But, I will follow the doc's / PT orders to a T and hopefully get out of this sooner rather than later. I am 37 years old, so the Dr. said that's to my advantage being in relatively good shape and relatively young...10 weeks if I am lucky...

Brings me right up to splash time for the boating season!

Thanks again -

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This just happened to me last Thursday. Playing softball I planted my right leg while charging in for a line drive and I thought someone took a bat to my knee cap. I fell, couldn't extend my leg at all and my knee cap was about 3" higher and on the side of my leg. ER performed x-rays and ultrasound and determined it was a ruptured patella tendon. Surgery scheduled for Thursday.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
It could have been worse....I shattered my heal the day after Thanksgiving. I didn't even begin therapy until 10 weeks after the fall. In this pic can you guess which foot is mine and which is my son's?
Well I see you wore hand-me-down shoes, that or you guys as kids ate a lot of Macaroni and Cheese.
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It could have been worse....I shattered my heal the day after Thanksgiving. I didn't even begin therapy until 10 weeks after the fall. In this pic can you guess which foot is mine and which is my son's?
Shit, for a second I thought your feet were on the wrong side!
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I am reminded of the scene in Jaws where they are comparing scars....
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There is a thread way back somewhere where we discussed injuries.
There have been some bad ones.
Russ' broken leg X-ray was awesome...not so much to him though.



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I ruptured my patellar tendon about 5 years ago. It sucks. I was dancing at my best friends wedding...long story but pretty funny.

It was actually the best thing that ever happened to me. I was working as a stock broker and had to quit since it was commission based and I couldn't go see clients. I lost 60lbs due to the inactivity and Oxys keeping me from eating. Be careful with those. I started to think I was just taking them to take them and the pain was pretty much gone. Scared me so I flushed them.

During that time I decided to go back to school and become a CPA. Best decision I ever made. I cannot play soccer anymore but I can run. rehab sucks as the stretching of the tendon hurts more than the injury. Keep your head up. In about three months you will be fine.
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Three year old thread. Hope it's okay by now

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