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Quadriceps Tendon Tear

A therapeutic protocol for this type of injury may require the patient to have two treatment sessions a week for at least the first 6 to 8 months of his rehabilitation.

Weekly objectives may include:


Week 1

Immobilization with a brace

10-20 degrees PROM


Week 2-4

Adjustable brace

0-45 degrees PROM

May use stationary bicycle

May begin flexion exercises in water


Week 4-6

Up to 90 degrees PROM

AAROM exercises

Manually with therapist


Wall slides (Gravity assisted)


Month 2

Neoprene sleeve may be worn for compression and warmth

120 degrees PROM

Continue strengthening with AROM exercises

Month 3

135 degrees PROM

Progressive resistive exercises

Flexibility exercises to regain full AROM

Patient may jog in water


Month 4


4/5 MMT

Walking, no jogging

Functional exercises


Month 6

If patient is 5/5 MMT , then he may begin to jog

Continue with functional and dynamic training

Month 12

Patient can resume normal activities