I tore my patellar tendon while surfing about 6 months ago. I went to a doc and had an MRI done that showed I had partially torn the tendon. The doctor said surgery was not necessary and to just do physical therapy. So I went to a physical therapist for 3 weeks and was shown different exercises/stretches to do. I stopped going to save $$ and decided I would just continue doing the exercises/stretches that I was taught.
The past 4 months I have done these exercises/stretches and iced when necessary, but have not seen much improvement. My knee often aches after doing the exercises and I am worried they may be doing more harm than good. I haven't ran/surfed in months, yet it still won't heal enough for me to begin running and surfing again. I recently went snowboarding for 2 full days and could barely walk after each day due to knee pain.
Has anybody dealt with this issue before? What specific things can I do to speed up the healing process? For the past week I have not done any leg exercises to see if it may help.
Conservative treatment such as rest, cold compress and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs often fail in case of torn patellar tendon (even in case of partial tears). Also, you must not attempt sports like snow boarding etc on a torn patellar tendon.
You need a MRI of the knee joint and a second consultation with an orthopedic specialist. You may need surgery. Else you may need to continue conservative treatment for another 3-4 months. However all active sports, running, jogging should be avoided during this time. Your snow boarding activity could have harmed the healing process further.
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