Last Thursday, 7 March, the knee brace was adjusted to 90 degrees and I manage to move the leg to 75 degrees directly after, iiha!
I recently came across this video that explains clearly what QTR is, how it happens and how it’s repaired (surgery).
During the weekend I tried a Chinese “magic” plaster I got from a Chinese colleague, thanks Kevin :-).
The plaster contains some sort of concentrated Tiger balm, that’s what it smells like anyway. The first couple of minutes it creates a kind of burning sensation. It suppose to help against swelling and pain. I am not sure it made much difference but it was an interesting experience trying – “What doesn’t hurt you makes you stronger“.
Monday I visited our “local” physiotherapist at work, Mads, (Frb. Osteopati), He created this fantastic piece of Kinesio tape art work.
The tape is put on while the knee is bent and the tape is stretched. When straiten the leg, the thin strips lift up the the skin and that should help the blood and fluid in the knee and leg to circulate easier and that should reduce the swelling. It looks cool anyway, thanks Mads 🙂
The golf ball, used for “foot massage”, has been swapped with a “spikey” ball.
“Foot-valve-massage” is really good, it stimulates the many trigger points and help removing “waste” under the foot.
Wednesday 6 February it was check up time and removing band-aid…
and adjusting the knee brace so I can “bend” the knee 30 degrees the next 2 weeks. Source
The doctor recommended against travelling by flight at least for the next month, that means no trip to Cyprus 🙁
The insurance company also told me that the insurance don’t cover if something should happen with the knee on a journey the next three months.
After the visit at the doctor, I got a first appointment with a physiotherapist. She said it was a mistake that wasn’t any after the surgery. Probably coz of Christmas time…
She approved the exercises I found on the internet and gave me two new ones:
Sit on e.g. a chair, stretch leg 5 sec. – relax with bent knee in 5 sec.
Similar but opposite – Sit with leg stretched out on the sofa – bend knee 5 sec. – relax with stretched leg 5 sec.
15 times, 3 set. each. Source
Switched the ice pack ice therapy to heat therapy. Put the bag in a bowl with boiling water, after a few minutes it’s ready to use. Put it on the knee, nice and soothing…
Tuesday 8 January I visited Doctor Anna at Malmö Hospital, surgery dept., to remove the stitches. (forgot to take the “after” picture”)
Doctor Anna told me it looked fine and explained in detail what happened in the knee and Quadriceps Tendon Rupture is quite a rare injury but when it happens it’s quite common that it happens when the body-and-mind is not prepared for an extreme sudden “trauma contraction”, like walking down a stair, stepping out of a car or bus, tripping on the sidewalk, slipping on ice etc.
The next 4 weeks I keep the knee brace on all the time with 0 degrees angle and the recovery phase can begin.
Exercises to improve the healing:
Other things that I do to help the body recover are:
Ice pack to reduce swelling – 10-20 min. 2-3 times a day with leg elevated
Foot roll with a golf ball
Walkabouts in the hood
Spike mat – improve blood circulation and stimulate the nerves in the spine and the rest of the body
What to eat and drink that to improve the healing:
Calories – the body need more calories to create new tissue to repair the tendons, muscles and bones
Protein – the building bricks of the body. After an injury the body use more protein than it creates. If you don’t get enough protein could mean the muscles breaks down instead of rebuilding. Get enough protein at every meal.
Omega 3 – an important fat acid for heart and joints. Contain anti inflammatory properties that hurry up the healing process.
Vitamin D – key player in rebuilding the bone structure and tissue.
Quercetin – a potent antioxidant to reduce the number of inflammatory markers.
Tumeric – powerful anti-inflammatory effects and a very strong antioxidant.
Fresh lemon juice – powerful antibacterial properties, lemon juice helps fight infections
Tuesday 18 December, 6 days before Christmas, I got a Christmas gift that was not on my wish list – a Quadriceps Tendon Rupture.
I do and done many different kind of activities, inlines, running, skiing, badminton, functional fitness training, floorball etc. where there are many opportunities to hurt myself. When does this quadriceps tendon rupture happens? On the way to lunch, walking down a stairway. Something in the knee snapped when I lost the balance a little bit, took a step and landed on the right foot, apparently with a wrong angle on the knee. The knee just bent and the leg disappeared under me, felt like a extreme cramp in the leg. Thanks to a colleague who grabbed me and I got hold on the rail, preventing me from falling down the rest of the stairs and maybe hurt me even more…
After lunch I decided to visit the emergency at Gentofte hospital. The orthopedist concluded teared tendon after just pressing above the knee, thanks but can that be right…?? Back to work. No pain, strange… Waited until there were no more traffic and drove home… (don’t tell anyone)
Wednesday: Visited Malmö Emergency early, little waiting time. Met with Ali, orthopedist, who also conclude there was a tear but was not sure how many % damaged. Let’s do some X-ray. After X-ray, Ali was still not sure on how much was destroyed. Let’s do some MR-scanning. No time to today, we have to wait until tomorrow, until then you have to use this knee brace.
Thursday: MR- scanning. Lay absolutely still in 15 minutes listening to Aretha Franklin in the head phones.
Back to Ali, the orthopedist, that now know the amount of tear and decided on surgery. No time today, come back tomorrow. Let’s do some tests, EKG, blood pressure and samples etc. A thorough description of the pre surgery procedure incl. how to shower.
Friday: Special shower procedure. Surgery. Very friendly staff introduced me to what is going to happened, incl. Jesper the surgeon. I got a fancy dress, a bed and some needles in the top of my hand – “food” and anesthetic. A few breaths in a mask and I was gone.
A kind of “out of body” experience waking up, feeling little drunk. Nurse 1: “Do yo like a cup of tea or coffee?” Me: “Do you have cream?”. Nurse 1: “No, sorry”. Nurse 2: “Yes, I bring my own to work, I am on a Keto diet, so you can have some of that.” Me: “Thanks a lot! I also bring my own cream to work.”
After recovery I was told to take a cab home after getting the pain killers. Challenge on a late Friday afternoon before Christmas – no cabs! Happiness is post surgery on pain killers taking public transport 😛
Next steps: Return to hospital after two weeks to remove the stitches. Keep the knee brace for another 6 weeks. Then rehab for x amount of time…