Quadriceps Tendon Rupture

About Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures:

A quadriceps tendon rupture is a relatively uncommon injury to the tendon that works with the muscle group in front of the thigh to straighten the leg. This is often caused when there is a heavy load on the leg as the foot is planted and the knee is partially bent. An awkward landing from a jump may cause a quadriceps tendon rupture. This injury can make walking and participate in daily activities difficult or debilitating.

Signs & Symptoms

  • An indentation at the top of the kneecap (at the location of the tear)
  • Bruising, tenderness, and/or cramping
  • A sagging and/or drooping kneecap resulting from the tear
  • Difficulty walking, knee buckling and/or ‘giving way’

How is it Treated?

This is completely dependent on whether or not this is a partial or full tear, the amount of activity level the affected patient has, and the age of the patient.

  • Physical Therapy and temporary bracing
  • Surgical intervention may be required to treat a quadriceps tendon rupture. Contact an orthopedic specialist to determine the best methods of treatment going forward.

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