5 Ways to Combat Quadriceps Weakness After ACL-Reconstruction Surgery | Ask FPF E:24

By dpope2020

April 7, 2023

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5 Ways to Combat Quadriceps Weakness After ACL-Reconstruction Surgery | Ask FPF E:24

In today's episode we go over 5 Ways to Combat Quadriceps Weakness After ACL-Reconstruction Surgery | Ask FPF E:24

As physical therapists, we know that regaining quadriceps strength is crucial for successful rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction surgery. The quadriceps muscles play a significant role in knee stabilization and shock absorption, making them essential for optimal function and long term outcomes.

Following ACL surgery, the quadriceps muscles can become weakened due to immobilization, pain, and muscle atrophy and overall arthrogenic muscle inhibition due to surgery and prior injury. 

To prevent negative outcomes, it is essential to prioritize quadriceps strengthening exercises in the rehabilitation process.   As physical therapists, we can use a variety of techniques to progress quadriceps strengthening exercises appropriately.  Some treatments to try along with exercise are:

  1. Cryotherapy
  2. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  3. Blood Flow Restriction Training
  4. Biofeedback
  5. Contralateral Limb Training

Watch the video below to learn more about these treatments:

In conclusion, regaining quadriceps strength after ACL reconstruction surgery is crucial for optimal function and long term outcome. As physical therapists, we must prioritize quadriceps strengthening exercises and use appropriate techniques to progress our patients' exercise programs to ensure their successful rehabilitation. With consistent effort and guidance, our patients can regain their quadriceps strength and return to their daily activities and sport safely and effectively.

Quad up!


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