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Had acl reconstruction on 1/8/2016 using a patellar tendon graft. My question is- Is it normal to lift your leg with tendon when muscles don't work?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: No

The answer is "No" because tendons don't contract.
.. meaning they don't move on their own. The muscles contract. To move against gravity, such as lifting a leg, at least one muscle has to move. Otherwise, nothing happens. To move with gravity, such as letting a leg drop down, whatever muscles that were holding the leg up just have to relax or stop contracting... and the leg will drop.

In brief: No

The answer is "No" because tendons don't contract.
.. meaning they don't move on their own. The muscles contract. To move against gravity, such as lifting a leg, at least one muscle has to move. Otherwise, nothing happens. To move with gravity, such as letting a leg drop down, whatever muscles that were holding the leg up just have to relax or stop contracting... and the leg will drop.
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