Time before jogging a straight line - about 2.5-3 months
Time before running a straight line - add about 2-3 weeks
Bodyweight squats will begin shortly after you are able to fully weight bear and regain most of your passive ROM, and even then ROM will be limited
Light weight squats will be progressed as part of rehab.
Squats with significant weights is tough to answer, but I’d venture closer to the 3.5-4 month mark, roughly around/right before when lateral based movement is started.
I can completely understand why your PT is hesitant to answer your questions. I’m even hesitant to answer your questions and I’m not directly working with you. You seem so focused ahead that you aren’t putting the needed focus on the current necessities for your early stages of rehab. IMO, it seems like you are just looking for the answer that YOU want, not the answer that is best for you (ie, you want to be told you will be back to running in 2 months and start sport specific drills in 3 month). Instead of focusing on when you will be doing sport specific stuff, why not first focus on the basic stuff, like getting your quad to fire properly and be able to fully extend and flex your knee? Build your foundation before you build the house!
Again, from my experience, most PTs/rehab professionals will end up skewing their clinical skills towards the patients they work with the most, meaning if they work with elderly population they may be more conservative and slower in their progressions. That isn’t always the case, but is what I have noticed a lot in my experience. This isn’t to say you need to run out and find a new PT. And the way that insurances limit the number of visits you get, a lot of things will be on your shoulders.
What specifically has your PT been doing with you? How far out of surgery are you? [/quote]
Thank you so much for this post. I am 3 weeks post-op (patella tendon autograph w/ lateral meniscus repair). At Physical Therapy, I do the following in this order: 15-20 minutes on the stationary bike, quad sets - 3 sets of 10, leg raises without the brace - 3 sets of 10, hip extensions - 3 sets of 10, hamstring stretch - 5 sets of 30 second hold, wall heel slides (assisted with my good leg) - 1 set of 15 with 5 second hold at the maximum flexion I can hold for, then she moves my knee cap around, I guess this is to regain mobility in the area. I finish off the session with 15 minutes of icing.
Physical therapy is 3 times per week and I am closing in on my second week of PT. I am at 125 degrees of flexion and near full extension. All of the exercises that I perform at PT, I do at home at least 4 times per day and sometimes I do it 5 to 6 times per day.
Thanks again and I do agree with everything you said. I am just so focused on getting back on my feet so that I can comeback stronger than ever. I know it is a long road but I am definitely anxious for time to fly.
Any other suggestions and things that I should be aware of throughout this process?
By the way, how long ago did you finish rehab and how are things going for you in terms of being able to do the things you did before your injury?
All the best,