Office Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Physical Therapy Hours: M-F 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Rehab Protocols

Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Repair

Phase I (Weeks 4-10)

  • Weightbearing: As tolerated in the hinged knee brace locked in extension
  • Hinged Knee Brace: Progressive increase in flexion allowed under guidance of PT
    • Week 4: 0-30°,  Week 5: 0-40°,  Week 6: 0-70°, Week 8: 0-90°, Week 10: Unlocked
  • Range of Motion: PROM and AAROM as tolerated according to restrictions above
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Begin isometric quadriceps strengthening, straight leg raises
    • Patellar mobilization, scar massage

Phase II (Weeks 10-16)

  • Weightbearing: As tolerated — in unlocked hinged knee brace until week 12
  • Hinged Knee Brace: Completely unlocked for Weeks 10-12, Discontinue brace at Week 12 if patient capable of straight leg raise with good quad control
  • Range of Motion: AAROM à AROM as tolerated, Goal: full flexion by week 12-14
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Continue with patellar mobilizations
    • Start stationary bicycle when ROM allows, Aquatic therapy
    • Begin progressive resistance exercises/therabands

Phase III (Months 4-6)

  • Weightbearing: As tolerated
  • Range of Motion: Full and painless
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Continue with quadriceps strengthening, Focus on single leg strength
    • Start treadmill walking – progress to light jogging starting at month 6

Phase IV (Months 6-12)

  • Gradual return to athletic activity as tolerated
  • Maintenance program for strength and endurance

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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