Quadriceps inhibition is a problem that may occur when the knee is very painful, and a reflex inhibits the muscle from contracting.


Atrophy or inhibition?

It is important to differentiate between muscle inhibition, where the muscle itself is not damaged, and muscle atrophy, where the muscle cells have broken down.


Restoring Quad Function

Mr Dirk Kokmeyer, physiotherapist at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado - discusses the restoration of quad function during rehabilitation.



Scary loss of quads.

Quad muscles not firing.

Quad shut down


Arthrogenic quadriceps inhibition and rehabilitation of patients with extensive traumatic knee injuries. Hurley MV, Jones DW and Newham DJ. Clin Sci (Lond). 1994 Mar;86(3):305-10.

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