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.

Objectives may include:

Week 1

  • Immobilization with a brace
  • 10-20 degrees PROM

Weeks 2-4

  • Adjustable brace
  • 0-45 degrees PROM
  • May use stationary bicycle
  • May begin flexion exercises in water

Weeks 4-6

  • Up to 90 degrees PROM
  • AAROM exercises
  • Manually with therapist
  • Self AAROM
  • 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

  • Full AROM
  • 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