Submitted story from David on 12/24/2019
I am one of the unusual victims of bilateral quadriceps rupture. What makes me even more unique is the tendons were ruptured in separate incidents 5 days apart. The left leg occurred on May 30th of this year in knee to knee contact during light sparring in karate. The right leg occurred on June 3rd when the left leg buckled walking up stairs at the post office. In both cases the e.r. ordered x rays that showed nothing and recommended follow up with orthopedic. MRI’S showed both were ruptured and required surgery. Surgery went well and began therapy.
Four months into therapy my legs were buckling at random times and I would fall without warning. Also noticed divots between knee and quadriceps on both legs but was assured by surgeon that all went well and I may need to adapt to permanent loss of use.
Sought second opinion from well known sports surgeon who ordered MRI’S, took one look at the divots and told me both tendons were detached and when he pulled up MRI’S the first line said both were ruptured.
So five months after initial surgery I went under knife again for bilateral repair. I am currently 5 weeks out and my legs feel strong again. Still going through therapy, but feeling so much more positive.
Get that second opinion if you have any doubts.