One of the most frequent questions I get is ‘How long will it take for me to get back to enjoying the activity/activities that I enjoyed before I got injured?” This is a somewhat difficult question to answer since everyone is different and everybody’s recovery will be different. I too was eager to know this when I first got injured in 2007. I could only go on with what my Orthopedic Surgeon and Physical Therapist told me which were estimates of course. Looking back now with my first quad tendon injury, I healed rather quickly. Since I had only one leg to deal with, it didn’t take as long as my second injury. I was also 6 years younger and had more free time (no dogs, no ‘regular job’) to tend to my full recovery.
I will break down a rough timeline on my bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture recovery below since I took more detailed notes for that event. Again, my recovery will be different than yours, but hopefully it will give a rough overview of the timeline of recovery. Having talked to many other ‘quadders’ over the last few years, the factors that pertain to the speed of recovery depend on several factors. Some of these factors include the length of wearing the straight brace, starting point of physical therapy and how quickly you had surgery after the injury. The age of the person at the time of injury, persons lifestyle and general overall health state also play an important role.
The following is my timeline from my 2013 incident. I will add more info to this timeline as I go through more of my data: