What is a quadriceps tendon injury?
The quadriceps tendon is a strong fibrous tissue cord that connects the quadriceps femoris muscle group, more commonly known as the “quads”, to the patella (kneecap). Working together with the patellar tendon and the quadriceps muscle, the quadriceps tendon is integral for bending and straightening the leg. Even though the quadriceps tendon connects to one of the most powerful muscles groups in the human body, it is still susceptible to injury. A significant stress load imposed on the knee can cause involuntary flexion of the leg resulting in partial or complete tears of the quadriceps tendon. When the quadriceps tendon is weakened from a number of underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, medication use, or chronic inflammation of the quadriceps tendon, there is a greater risk of sustaining a quadriceps tendon injury. This often serious and rare condition mostly affects middle-aged and older individuals that participate in jumping and running sports.
What is the treatment for a quadriceps tendon injury?
A minor quadriceps injury generally responds well to non-operative therapies such as joint immobilization and a physical rehabilitation program. However, in the event of failed conservative therapy, or when a patient sustains a severe or complete quadriceps tendon tear, surgical intervention is necessary to restore the integrity of the quadriceps tendon. Surgical repair or reconstruction of the quadriceps tendon is accomplished with the goal of strengthening the quadriceps muscle and stabilizing the knee joint. Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel, orthopedic knee doctor, treats patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area, who have experienced a quadriceps tendon injury and are in need of surgical repair or reconstruction.