Patellar Tendon Rupture

Sep 8th
Trey Lowery
Hi-- Just wondering if anyone here has rehabbed from a surgically-repaired patellar tendon tear and come back to play. I tore mine back in March. I'm over 5 months out from surgery. The tendon itself feels strong, I can move the kneecap around and it's pretty elastic. It's been swelling and scar tissue I've been fighting. Really sucks because I wanted to be skating by September but it doesn't look like that's gonna happen unless my MD visit in a couple weeks goes the right way. I feel like I'm cranking on the knee to get it to bend and move (last PT visit I got to 115 degrees, 120 is the target) but I'm still pretty up and down as far as knee bend. Strength is not there yet. Just crowdsourcing a bit for advice I guess. Thanks.

Sep 9th
Haakan Light
Trey, are we talking skating out or goalie? It makes a big difference. Also depends on your target for what level you want to compete. Many of your other muscles are likely to be out of condition. I had to take off nearly 2 years because of a heart issue. The last 6 months before I started playing again (which was just in august) I did very little exercise. There's a lot of specific muscles I've been having to rebuild to insure I don't get injured. I've also had plenty of injuries as both a goalie and a skater. The biggest thing I can say is patience and hard work are the key to returning. You WILL make it back. How soon and how close to your target performance is mostly dependent on how you rehab and strengthen yourself before you go full bore. I wish you the best of luck in recovery!

Sep 9th
Michael Speakman
If it were me, I'd try a little rollerblading just to get the skating motion going again. Without the risk of having to go fast or worry about hockey stuff. Have you tried that skating elliptical machine at Lifetime Fitness?

Sep 9th
Trey Lowery
Skating out. I've been doing more strengthening for at least the last month. Fortunately able to include box squat, and able to add *some* weight on it. I should try that elliptical again, I know which one you're talking about. Haven't tried it since the injury but may give it a shot tomorrow.