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Quad Sets After ACL Injuries

Man sitting on floor with back against wall. One knee is bent with foot flat on floor. One leg is stretched out straight on floor. Begin your rehabilitation with exercises that develop muscle control. These help you meet basic goals, like driving a car or going back to work. Exercise as often as you’re advised. But stop right away if any exercise causes sharp or increasing pain. Icing your knee for 15 to 20 minutes after exercise can help prevent swelling and soreness:

  • Sit against a wall with your injured leg out straight.

  • Tighten your front thigh muscles and press the back of your knee down toward the floor.

  • Hold for 10 seconds. Release. Repeat five times.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 8/7/2013
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