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Old 07-23-10, 09:24 AM   #1
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Torn Quadricep Tendon recovery

Anybody been there, done that. Partial tear from my patella , had surgery to reattach 2 weeks ago, off the bike for months...and just wondering what the way back to riding will be
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Old 07-23-10, 05:31 PM   #2
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Am I the only person to ever have this really bad injury? HELP!
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Old 07-23-10, 05:46 PM   #3
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No. I'm sure there is somebody but all I can offer is a little sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

How did you injure yourself? Hyper-extension?
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I'm guessing you sustained that kind of injury by doing something mundane, such as misstepping off stairs or a curb or such. I know a gent who did that and limped around in a brace for weeks. He seems OK now.
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hiking in the mountains, heavy pack, slipped on a wet rock while walking 1 mph. Boom...tendon tore.

I'm giving up walking...too damm dangerous
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Sorry to hear of your injury. I can't help with your question but have overcome my own issue this year. On Dec 1st I had my ankle fused with 4 large screws and a plate with 5 smaller screws in addition to some creative chiseling to reduce the size of the badly deformed ankle due to arthritis. It took about 3 months to catch back up to my riding and training and I'm now riding better than ever. Hang in there, do your therapies. I'm not advocating this, but rode in my first race in early March, about two weeks before the doctor gave me clearance to begin riding again.

Do keep us posted on your progress to return to cycling again.
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40 years ago and I had to have Kneecap reassembled after an incident while serving in the Marines. 3 weeks in plaster -and 6 months later and I was invalided Out. Wasn't into cycling then- but following week joined A Running club- then a football (Soccer) club and within a year I was back Rock climbing. Then 20 years ago and I injured the knee again and took up cycling.

Hopefully it won't take 20 years to get back on a bike- but get the knee sorted with recommended exercise---Cycling is one of those---And and you will be back.
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hiking in the mountains, heavy pack, slipped on a wet rock while walking 1 mph. Boom...tendon tore.

I'm giving up walking...too damm dangerous
Oh, man!

I'll bet that trip back to the car was an ordeal.

If you are a reading man this could be a great opportunity. If you aren't maybe this will turn you into one.

In my advanced age I have found myself really enjoying great serial novels. Among the finest is Patrick O'Brian's stories of the adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The movie Master and Commander - Far Side of the World was inspired by these books. If you're going to be laid up for a while this could be a great escape.
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Here's your chance to develop a really strong leg. Take pedal off side of hurt knee, pedal with the other side(on a trainer) and ride the hell out of your good side. By the time it heals all the rest of your will be ready. Imagine the smoothness of your pedal stroke when you return to the road.
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So sorry to hear this. I hope you're back to pedaling soon.

Regardless of the procedure, allow yourself time to really recover and heal before you get going full bore again. What they say about old people not being able to recover as quickly as young folks is, sadly, true.

Unless you're a freak of nature -- in which case ignore previous advice and carry on.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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