I partially tore the distal part of my right vastus

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Q: I partially tore the distal part of my right vastus lateralis tendon almost 7 months ago now. I was deadlifting rather heavy weight and on the third rep heard and felt a pop. It went undiagnosed, due to my stupidity, for a few months until I received an MRI which showed a little hemorrhage in my vastus and a partial tear in the distal tendon. After reviewing the MRI the doctor said it should be fine as long as you take it easy and lift very light. Almost all the pain was completely gone ever before I had the MRI done. The only pain I feel now is if lets say I do decline sit ups or heavy deadlifts I feel a little pain in the area and also along my right tib. anterior muscle. However, coming to the real question I have, I am physically able to lift heavy again if I want. Although I feel my right leg is not as strong and stable as my left I could even rep out over 315 squatting. However, although the pain is gone and strength is coming back my right vastus lateralis muscle doesn't seem to be developing normally. At this point it seems more than normal atrophy from the injury and few months of not lifting heavy. The leg is getting stronger but the muscle doesn't seem to sweep up like it was before. Instead it stops almost halfway and it looks as if there is a gap in the muscle between were it should be and lets say my IT band. I have attached a photo which shows how the left vastus l. sweeps up properly and the right does not. A little about me: I am 28, have competed in powerlifting, and trained for many years. Anyone with any information as to what I should do or what might help/be the cause of this it would be much appreciated. I just recently started seeing a soft tissue specialist last week as well. thank you.

Symptoms:  Muscle Imbalance
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