Quadriceps tendonitis is a knee injury most commonly sustained by running, jumping, and kicking athletes. The quadriceps are made up four tendons that play an important role in straightening the knee and rotation of the hips. Therefore, quadriceps tendonitis can severely limit or sideline an athlete. Luckily, non-surgical treatment options are available and effective. The four most common are:
- Activity modification. Quadriceps tendonitis is almost always caused by overuse. In many cases, treating the injury is as simple as decreasing the amount or type of training an athlete performs. This decreases the symptoms—pain, swelling, weakness, tenderness— by decreasing tendon inflammation, scarring, and tearing.
Illustration 1- The quadriceps tendon works with the quadriceps muscles to straighten the knee. When it’s injured due to overuse, activity modification can allow athletes to return to competition with little to no downtime.
- Physical therapy. As shown in Illustration 1, the quadriceps and patella tendon work in unison to straighten and flex the knee. Any imbalance in muscle/tendon strength or flexibility can lead to injury—usually in the form of tendonitis. For this reason, injured athletes are prescribed stretching and strengthening exercises that decrease symptoms and improve athletic performance. Other physical therapy treatment methods include massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
- A neoprene knee brace can be used to support and protect the knee. By holding the patella in perfect anatomical position, a brace enables the quadriceps tendon to work properly.
Illustration 2- A neoprene knee brace holds the patella in place
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medication. A fourth, and common, treatment option is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are used for pain control and symptom relief by reducing the inflammation in the tendon. They can only be prescribed by a physician—typically, an orthopedic specialist.
If you’re suffering from quadriceps tendonitis, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices in Duxbury or Sandwich, MA. One of our orthopedic specialists will examine your knee and determine the severity of your injury. Any, or any combination, of the above-mentioned treatment options will be used to get you back where you belong—on the playing field.
At Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates, our team consists of Fellowship-Trained and Board Certified Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specialists that have extensive experience treating all forms of injury. We offer a full spectrum of treatment options that include conservative treatment and Physical Therapy to the latest advancements in arthroscopic surgery and tendon repair. Contact our offices in Duxbury or Sandwich to schedule a consultation with one of our experts!