Quadriceps Injury Follow-up

Updated: Jun 02, 2017
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

Return to play may vary from 2 days to 10 weeks, depending upon the severity of the injury and the postinjury care. The player may resume play when 120° of flexion is achieved and no evidence of quadriceps weakness or atrophy is present. If treated properly with the immediate 120° of flexion, the player can return to play in 2-5 days. A protective pad larger than the area of contusion should be worn for the remainder of the season.

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Complications

Myositis ossificans may occur at 3 or more months postinjury.

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Prevention

Remove player from activity at the time of initial injury because the risk of a more severe injury is increased when the player is already in a weakened state. Protective padding should be worn in sports with high risk for quadriceps injury and by players who have already sustained such an injury.

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Prognosis

If treated properly, a full recovery is expected, although recovery times vary from days to months.

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Education

For patient education resources, see the Sports Injury Center, as well as Muscle Strain.

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