Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

Most of the quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) patients recover from it. They can again resume their normal life. They can again take up sports and other physical activities. The period of recovery of quadriceps tendon rupture depends on the age of the person and his extension of injury.

Recommended Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) After 2 Weeks of Surgery

The suggested exercises after 2 weeks of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) surgery:

  • Ankle pumps
  • Isometric sets of quadriceps
  • Hamstring sets
  • Glut sets
  • Patellar mobilizations.

Recommended Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) After 6 Weeks of Surgery

List of recommended exercises after 6 weeks of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) surgery:

  • Slides of heels.
  • Extension of knees with foot which are kept on a towel roll.
  • Leg lifts of 4-ways with extension locked with braces.
  • Mobilizations of patella in a gentle way.
  • Surgical side weight shifting with braces.

Recommended Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) after 10 Weeks of Surgery

Mentioned below are the recommended exercises after 10 weeks of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) surgery:

  • Open chain knee flexion and extension for AROM (Active Range of Motion)
  • Control of closed chain quadriceps from a minimum of 0° to a maximum of 40° along with light squats and leg press; shallow lunge steps to be continues
  • Flexion of prone knee
  • Stationary bike
  • Mobilization of patella
  • Hip strengthening
  • Core strengthening

Recommended Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) after 12 Weeks of Surgery

Below mentioned are the recommended exercises after 12 weeks of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) surgery:

  • Proprioceptive drills and Non-impact balance
  • Stationary bike
  • Core and hip strengthening
  • Gait drills
  • Particular muscle imbalance stretching for specified group of patients
  • Quad strengthening, that includes, closed chain exercises with short arc of motion and knee flexion up to 70°
  • Functional movements of lunge, squat, and step back
  • Core and hip strengthening

Recommended Exercises for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) after 16 Weeks of Surgery

Below are the selected exercises after 16 weeks of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) surgery:

  • Impact control exercises from 2 feet to 2 feet, further to be continued from 1 foot to other and gradually 1 foot to same foot.
  • Movement control exercises like low velocity, activities of single plane and gradually upgrading to higher velocity or multi-plane activities.
  • Proprioceptive drills and sport/work specific balance.
  • Core and hip strengthening.
  • Particular muscle imbalance stretching for specified group of patients.

Prevention of Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

Follow the below mentioned tips to prevent quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR):

  • Do proper stretch and warm up before you start to work out.
  • Take regular breaks between workouts.
  • Maintain the level of body fitness by:
    • Endurance, strength, and flexibility.
    • Fitness of cardiovascular muscles.
    • Protect the body during workouts wearing proper protective gears.

Prognosis / Outlook for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

Indirect trauma may cause quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) in many people. The best way to repair quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) is to treat it early. An early treatment depends on the early diagnosis. Quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) can be best treated with an early range of motion (ROM) and good level of tolerance. Some muscle strength is usually lost in quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR). People affected with quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) may face further complications like pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or even re-rupture.

Healing Time for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR) is completely healed in a period of 6 to 9 months after a proper surgical treatment.

Yoga Poses for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

Other than medical procedures, Yoga can be one most beneficial therapy to recover from quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR). Yoga is a natural healer and strengthens the quadriceps. Yoga provides a great amount of relaxation to the quadriceps and makes the recovery of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR) faster. Yoga has other positive effects on the nerves as well which further adds on to the recovery of quadriceps.

Yoga Poses for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

  1. Yoga Badhakonasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): Badhakonasana, popularly known as the Butterfly pose is performed to increase the strength of the quads and lengthens it. It extends the leg to both the sides of the person who is practicing it. Butterfly pose is excellent technique to tone the hamstring. It also strengthens the folded leg quadriceps. This posture of yoga opens up the hip and good for pregnant women. A Vajrasana relaxation after this further strengthens the thighs.
  2. Yoga Virabhadrasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): virabhadrasana or Warrior pose makes the quads strong. It stabilizes both knees. It is additionally beneficial to make the hamstring strong. It also opens up the chest.
  3. Yoga Adho Mukha Svanasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): Adho Mukha Svanasana is performed as the person faces downward like a dog and stretches the thighs. This particular pose of yoga is additionally beneficial if performed during Sun salutation. It engages the quads and stretches it gently. Thus the bones are stronger. It also increases the blood circulation of the legs. The overall body fitness is increased with this yoga.
  4. Yoga Utkatasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): Utkatasana, popularly known as the Chair pose yoga, tones the quads. It adds strength to the ankles, hip and calf muscles. The spine and all abdominal organs are highly benefitted with this pose of yoga. The fierce posture of Utkatasana flexes the quad muscles. ViparitaKarani pose of yoga should be performed after this for deep muscle relaxation and soothing comfort. Squatting the thighs is also beneficial as Utkatasana acts as a transitional posture during each session of squat.
  5. Yoga Trikonasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): Trikonasana, also known as the Triangle pose is practiced to tone the leg ligaments and quads. It stretches the calf muscles, hamstrings, hips and groin. Trikonasana also adds strength to the spine and improves the digestive system.
  6. Yoga Dhanurasana for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR): Dhanurasana or Bow pose is a good technique to stretch the quadriceps. This pose of yoga tones the limbs. It lengthens and strengthens the quads and also opens up the hips.

Yoga makes the quads recovery faster and protects it from getting injured any further. Consult a professional and skilled physiotherapist if you have any current injuries in your knee, ankle or hip region. A medical advice is mandatory before starting yoga practices.

Note: Practice these yoga poses to handle the immense pain of quadriceps tendon rupture (QTR). The extreme pain during the recovery session is largely reduced by yoga in a natural way. The healing is natural and permanent. Always perform yoga under a trainer. Once you learn it you can perform it by your own at home. Start with a light warm up of about 20 minutes before yoga.

Confirm with your doctor before you enroll yourself to any yoga class. You can call for a yoga trainer at home also and learn from him personally. Any of these two should be initiated after consulting the doctor.

Support Brace for Quadriceps Tendon Rupture (QTR)

You can try the knee braces those are specially designed for sprain knee joint pain muscle or tendon tear. These braces block the joint movements and the healing is thus paced up. Consult your doctor to find out the best suitable knee brace for you.

It's important to wear the knee brace while you sleep. Your leg can suddenly twist while sleeping. So it is better to keep the braces on while you sleep or take a nap.

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Last Modified On: December 8, 2015

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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