Download Quadriceps or Patellar Tendon Repair Rehab Protocol

0-6 Weeks:

  • WBAT(Weight Bearing As Tolerated) Brace locked in extension all times except with therapy.
  • ROM: 0-30º Weeks 0-2
    • 0-60º Weeks 2-4
      0-90º Weeks 4-6
  • Patella mobilization
  • SLR supine with brace locked at 0 degrees, Quad Sets
  • Ankle Pumps

6-12 Weeks:

  • Unlock brace for ambulating. Wean from brace as tolerated
  • May D/C crutches when gait normalized.
  • Normalize ROM. No limits.
  • Begin short crank ergometry and progress to
  • Standard (170mm) ergometry (if knee ROM > 115 degrees)
  • Advance quad strengthening
  • Mini Squats / Weight Shift

3-6 Months:

  • Normal gait, WBAT with no assist
  • Full, Normal ROM
  • Leg Press, Squats
  • Initiate running/jogging
  • Isotonic Knee Extensions (90-40 degrees, closed chain preferred)
  • Agility exercises (sport cord)
  • Versaclimber/Nordic Track
  • Normalize quad strength

Please note that these instructions are general guidelines to be followed; however, any written or verbal instructions provided by Dr. Nwachukwu supersede the instructions below and should be followed.