Ruptured quadder

This is my personal story about my experience with suffering two instances of a very serious leg injury know as a Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture or Tear.

About The Book

A quadriceps tendon tear or rupture is an injury that occurs when the tendon that attaches to the quadriceps muscle (a group of 4 muscles in the front part of the femur) to the patella or kneecap tears.

The quadriceps tendon rupture may be partially or completely torn off the kneecap depending on the nature of the injury and is still a fairly rare but very serious injury most often requiring surgery. If this injury is not promptly recognized and early operated on, it may lead to disability. 

In 2007 I fully ruptured my right quadriceps tendon from a jet skiing accident.

Six years later in 2013 I did the unthinkable – I ruptured both of my quadriceps tendons while snow skiing resulting in the dreaded bilateral quadriceps tendon ruture. I wrote this book so that I can share my experiences with others who have or are currently going through this rather uncommon injury.

Follow along as I discuss how I dealt with every day to day life, my rehabilitation process, recovery timeline and some tips and tricks that I learned along the way from dealing with this injury on both accounts.

what’s inside


Symptoms and Causes

How do quadriceps tendon ruptures happen? I go in depth on the common types of accidents that cause this terrible injury and also explain how I persunally injured and endured two accounts of quad tendon tears.


Life Adjustments

Your life and daily routine(s) will drastically change after your injury and surgery. Many life adjustments will have to take place such as maneuvering around, getting out of bed, driving and more.


Surgery and Recovery Process

What to expect when going in for surgery. I talk about the femoral nerve block and what to expect the days after surgery as well as what to expect in terms of your recovery timeline.


Rehabilitation Protocol

What is the rehabilitation protocol after surgery? I discuss on picking the right physical therapist and how long you really need to do therapy on your quadriceps tendon injury.


Physical Therapy, Strength and Conditioning

What to expect when starting physical therapy and how long your therapy protocol should last. I discuss how and when you should start rehabbing your injury on your own behalf as well as what are the best forms of rehab exercises.


Recovery Timeline

How long does it take to recover from a quariceps tendon rupture? What are the upcoming challenges? When can I be back to normal again doing the activities that I love? It cover all these questions as best as I can from my own experiences.

Chapter 1

“You possibly have a Quadriceps Tendon Rupture.” This was the initial assessment my Orthopedic Surgeon gave me when I was in his office back in 2007 when I suffered my first instance o what would become a very intimate injury and journey for me. “It’s the same injury Bill Clinton recently had” my doc stated. I still had no idea what it was, but I knew it was very serious.

Later that day I went online to look up former President Clinton’s injury and because intrigued and wanted to learn as much about this injury as I could. However, I needed to be sure that this was the exact injury as my doctor stated and the only way to be sure was to have an MRI done on my right leg.

In the summer of 2007 I lost control of the jet ski that I was riding and completely ruptured my right quadriceps tendon from my knee. It was the most painful injury that I have ever suffered in my life and believe me; I have been through a lot of injuries in my life time. I quickly realized this was one of the most serious and longest healing leg injuries there is. When I was 6 years old I broke my femur while skiing in Austria and have always thought that was one of the worst injuries I had ever gone through. Boy how wrong I was.






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About the author

Steven Gartner, author of Ruptured Quadder is his first published written work. Having ruptured his quadriceps tendon on two occasions, Steven felt compelled to document his injury recovery and write about his experiences. He wanted to have a resource available for others who are dealing with this injury.

Steven was born in Tampa Florida and raised in both Berlin and Munich Germany as a child. When his father retired from the US Army, Steven moved to the Pacific Northwest and made Seattle Washington his home since the early 1980’s and spends his time hiking, bodybuilding, skiing and many other outdoor activities.

Steven Gartner