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2023 Jan




Anatomical Variation in Quadriceps Angle With Regard to Different Anthropometric Parameters in a Tertiary Care Center in Northern India: A Descriptive Study.


The quadriceps angle, commonly known as the Q-angle, is the angle formed between the vectors of the pull of the quadriceps muscle and the patellar tendon. The literature varies in terms of the values of Q angles measured by various researchers. It is well appreciated that the normal Q-angle should fall between 12° and 20°, with males being at the lower end of this range and females having higher measurements. An increase in Q-angle beyond the normal range has been associated with knee extensor dysfunction leading to patellar instability. Keeping in mind the clinical and biomechanical importance of the Q-angle, the aim of this study was to compare and establish the range of the Q-angle in healthy individuals and evaluate its variations with respect to age, weight, height, gender, dominant side, and femoral bicondylar distance. These observations will be helpful for sports therapists in understanding the evaluation of Q-angle in athletes as a prognostic value for probable knee pathologies that may appear in the future.