How long does it take to recover from a torn quadricep tendon?
Then range of motion exercises are started at between 3-6 weeks from the injury. After six weeks, quadriceps strengthening is begun. Typically, after 10-12 weeks the injury has healed. The patient may resume normal activities after they have full range of motion and quadriceps strength.
Apply ice for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Discontinue 120° of flexion at 24 hours and begin electrical stimulation and/or passive stretching, followed by icing. Begin active pain-free quadriceps stretching and strengthening several times a day. Avoid applying heat to the area because it may increase swelling.
- To speed the healing, you can:
- Rest the leg.
- Ice your leg to reduce pain and swelling.
- Compress your leg.
- Elevate your leg on a pillow when you're sitting or lying down.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.
- Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor/physical therapist recommends them.
- Apply ice for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Discontinue 120° of flexion at 24 hours and begin electrical stimulation and/or passive stretching, followed by icing. Begin active pain-free quadriceps stretching and strengthening several times a day. Avoid applying heat to the area because it may increase swelling.
- Etiology. Quadriceps tendon rupture usually occurs during a rapid, eccentric contraction of the quadriceps muscle, with the foot planted and the knee partially flexed. This injury commonly occurs during falls. Other mechanisms of injury include direct blows, lacerations, and iatrogenic causes.
- Pain when flexing, stretching, or using the thigh muscles to move.
- Muscle spasms.
- Bruising on the front of thigh if blood vessels are broken.
- Loss of leg strength.
- Crackling sensation when you push your fingers on the injured area.
- Quadriceps Strain. The quadriceps muscle is actually a group of four muscles in your front thigh that connect to your knee just below the knee cap. They straighten the knee to help you kick a ball. They bend your knee, enabling you to squat.
- The quadriceps muscles are the muscles on the front of the thigh. They consist of the vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, and the rectus femoris. A strain is a tear in the muscle. Injury to the rectus femoris tendon at the hip either as a tear or an overuse inflammation type injury can also occur.
- New research reveals that squats may not activate this muscle group as much as trainers say. There's a reason squats are hailed as the king of all lower-body moves: They recruit a ton of big, calorie-burning muscles, like your glutes and quadriceps. But they may not give you a complete lower-body workout.
When a quadriceps tendon tears, there is often a tearing or popping sensation. Pain and swelling typically follow, and you may not be able to straighten your knee. Your kneecap may sag or droop because the tendon is torn.
- If you are injured, take the time needed to let the muscle heal before you return to sports. Wait until your muscle strength and flexibility return to preinjury levels. This can take 10 days to 3 weeks for a mild strain, and up to 6 months for a severe strain, such as a hamstring strain.
- Tendons usually fail by tearing away from the bone (common for rotator cuff and bicep tendon injuries), or rupture within the tendon itself (frequent in Achilles tendon injury). Tendons may heal through a conservative treatment, or may require surgery.
- How long does a quadricep injury take to heal? Torn ligaments and tendons require as long to heal as fractured bones do. The average healing times are: (1) mild strain – 2 to 10 days, (2) moderate strain – 10 days to 6 weeks, (3) severe strain – 6 to 10 weeks.
Updated: 3rd December 2019