Quadriceps Tendon Tear – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for a wide range of knee conditions. They specialize in diagnosing and treating Quadriceps Tendon Tear as well as other sports related injuries of the knee joint.

Quadriceps Tendon Tear

Tendons are strong cords of tissue that help attach the muscles and bones. The quadriceps tendon joins the quadriceps muscle to the kneecap (patella) and it enables us to straighten the legs. Over stretching of this tendon may cause it to loosen or tear, which is medically referred to as the Quadriceps Tendon Tear. Depending upon the severity, the injury can be classified as:

  • Complete Tears- The tendon is split into two and is no longer strong enough to hold the muscle in place.
  • Partial Tears- The tendon is over stretched and becomes loose. It is not a serious injury and does not affect the functionality of the joint.

Causes Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Strenuous activities
  • Sports injuries which may occur while jumping or sudden load applied to the thigh when the knee is bent
  • Medical conditions which hamper blood supply to the muscles, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leukemia, Renal Failure, metabolic disorders etc.
  • Immobilization of the leg for a prolonged period may reduce tendon strength and flexibility
  • Untreated Quadriceps Tendinitis
  • Falling on the knee
  • Inadequate warm up before exercise
  • Direct hit or trauma to the joint
  • Can be a consequence of a knee surgery

Symptoms Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Severe pain above the knee
  • Popping sound at the time of injury
  • Muscle cramps
  • Inability to walk or straighten the leg
  • Swelling and weakness
  • Visible deformity
  • Tenderness    
  • Bruising

Diagnosis Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Thorough clinical examination of the injured leg
  • Palpation may be done to check for the symptoms of tendon tear
  • Analysis of previous knee injuries or surgeries, if any
  • X-ray imaging may be done to identify the exact location of the tear
  • MRI scans may give a detailed picture of the type and severity of tear besides other soft tissue injuries

Treatment For Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Partial tears may be resolved by non-surgical methods which may include the following:
  • Wearing a knee brace for 3-6 weeks to immobilize the leg. Crutches may be used to avoid weight bearing.
  • Prescription of anti-inflammatory medicines to combat pain and swelling
  • Performing range of motion exercises, as recommended by the physical therapist, may help to improve strength and flexibility of the tendon, muscles and joint
  • Ice packs may be applied to reduce pain and stiffness

Surgical treatment may be recommended for patients with complete tear. These may include:

  • Repositioning the torn tendon
  • Reattaching the torn tendon to the patella using sutures
  • Small metal implants may be inserted to attach the tendon to the bone
  • Tissue grafting may be performed to add length to the tendon if it has shortened considerably
  • Use of crutches or a walker may be recommended post-surgery to prevent weight bearing

For treatment of Quadriceps Tendon Tear and other knee conditions, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.