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Fractured patella / ruptured patella tendon

So, 3 and a half weeks ago I was playing hockey (field hockey that is, ice hockey isn't real big here in NZ), and got a stick to the knee. Ended up with a compound fracture of the kneecap, and a ruptured patella tendon.

All seems to be healing OK so far, see the surgeon again in a couple weeks and hopefully get the all clear to start rehab then. Which will be nice because it's pretty hard putting your socks and shoes on when you've got 1 leg fixed straight!

This season is a write off (which SUCKS because we've had an amazing start to the winter down here), but hoping to get in shape for next winter down here and the 2014/15 northern hemisphere winter.

Anyone had any experience with a similar injury and rehab? Keen for any tips.
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It really depends on the fracture
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It really depends on the fracture
It was a transverse lower pole fracture. Basically the bottom 1/3 of my kneecap broke off the from the top 2/3 (and the top 2/3 ended up 2cm north of where it should have been!). They didn't need any wires or screws to put it back together, although they had to suture the patella tendon back together. The surgeon thought the patella tendon was probably a bigger issue than the fracture itself, and he was optimistic that given the right rehab it would be back to normal.
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Yeah, i'm more worried about the tendon than anything. I'd have to see your knee to guide you realistically. No reason why you can't rehab out of it though. Just make sure you ease into your rehab and be fully committed. Quadriceps atrophy is a pain in the ass sometimes
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Yeah, i'm more worried about the tendon than anything. I'd have to see your knee to guide you realistically. No reason why you can't rehab out of it though. Just make sure you ease into your rehab and be fully committed. Quadriceps atrophy is a pain in the ass sometimes
Yeah my quads are pretty different sizes at the moment!

My fitness and strength was pretty good before this all happened so hoping that'll help with the rehab too.
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Yeah, that'l help your recovery. If you can find a PT, Chiro, ortho to hook you up to some russian stim, that'll help your recovery a great deal.
Is it swollen right now?
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Cheers, I'll do some investigating.

It's still slightly swollen compared to my other knee, but not by a lot - the swelling has dropped off pretty significantly. I've got it immobilised in a brace at the moment and for at least another 2.5 weeks until I see the surgeon again. Basically pain free now as well (unless I sit in an uncomfortable position for a long period!).
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Yeah, your leg is probably going to be tiny. Just gotta eat super clean/healthy while you're doing the rehab itll make your life 100 times easier.
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