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Gorilla Ball
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Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
About 9 years ago I severed my patellar tendon thus dislocating my knee cap etc.
the knee has always been stiff and always feels swollen. About 4 years ago I had it scoped and the orthopedic cleaned up a few things.
Before this I never had knee problems.
The thing always feels stiff. I feel like it might be a waste of time to schedule an appointment with a orthopedic to have a X-ray and thus MRI.
Should I try to get the doctor to write some physical therapy for the knee?
I still work out with the knee, ride bikes etc.
I’m just thinking that because it’s been such a long time from the surgery that I should accept that it’s going to always feel stiff?


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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Can’t hurt to let a PT or ortho assess and see if there is anything that can be done. May be some weakness or compensation or tightness you don’t even realize despite the exercising.


Gorilla Ball
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Yes thanks for the reply -


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DixonCider
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Some of it may just be that you'll always be stiff. I had patellar graft taken for my 3rd ACL reconstruction and even 11 years later, I have some stiffness.

Alot of it for me is/was scar tissue. Super painful to break up when it's sat for several years, but there's supplements and exercise protocols that can help with that.

Dedicated mobility work did wonders for me, and a surprising amount of relief from adding tumeric to my supplement regimen.

To echo everyone else, a doctor or PT will be able to give you the most insight. I still compensate and have other muscle imbalances that didn't get picked up in my PT so I've worked through a few other things throughout the years to get it better. Even then, I've got less range of motion and a clearly less developed quad on that leg.

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I should add that it's not all terrible. Over time it becomes second nature and you notice it less and less, and gain more strength and mobility. It's a slow process though.
This post was edited on 6/2 at 10:17 am


Gorilla Ball
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Thanks for the reply

but there's supplements and exercise protocols that can help with that.

What supplements are you referring to? I tried various ointments and joint supplements

Thanks


DixonCider
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
If I remember correctly and I likely don't, vitamin E at one point was one of the supplements.

As far as exercise regimens, it's really all mobility work and stretching. Mobilizing the patella (sliding your kneecap with your fingers) was something that was a regular part of my PT and recovery.

Breaking the scar tissue up kind of just happens over time. By my understanding there's not a real timeline to it, more in the sense of, this is the adaptation to new stresses being induced.


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Thanks again


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Macrell
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
I ruptured my left patellar in June of 2017. You’re describing a lot of the symptoms I’ve experienced. What helped me the most was consistent lunging and stretching. My left quad is finally starting to look like my right but still has a way to go. Since my repair I’ve deadlifted 600lbs and done several ultramarathons but terrified to jump haha.


Gorilla Ball
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Thanks very much


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Does the “tightness” ever really go away?


Macrell
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
The “tightness” comes and goes. Usually it’s tight after squatting or dealifting.


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LSUJD_04
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re: Patellar tendon severed and recovery post surgery
Coming from another guy that’s had a major operation on the knee and ankle I’m sorry to say it will never feel “normal” again. It will always feel stiff and if you’ve got some metal in your leg like I do you will always know when the weather is changing because it aches. It’s just something you will have to live with and try to manage.


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Gorilla Ball
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Orthopedic found some arthritis and a little junk but he said it’s not really enough to do a scope. He told me that biking is the best for it, watch my weight.
He gave me a injection


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