Quadriceps tendon rupture

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The quadriceps tendon is the biggest tendon above the patella. A partial quadriceps tendon rupture can occur in sports or those who engage in active lifestyles. The indications of the injury might result to gradually increasing knee pain.

A full quadriceps tendon rupture is considered uncommon. This injury often occurs among those over 40 years old as well as those diagnosed with systemic medical ailments that lead to the weakening of the tendon.

Management of a quadriceps tendon rupture

A partial tear on the quadriceps tendon can be treated with conservative measures. These treatment options might involve the use of a knee immobilizer or brace, application of ice, anti-inflammatory medications, adequate rest and physical therapy.

Quadriceps tendon rupture
The indications of the injury might result to gradually increasing knee pain.

For a complete tear on the quadriceps tendon, it requires surgical intervention to restore the strength in the affected extremity. Surgery is generally performed within a few weeks of the injury.

During surgery, the torn tendon is restored to its attachment point on the patella. This can be accomplished by creating holes with a drill in the patella and loop sutures are moved into these tunnels to pull the tendon to the bone.

After surgery, a brace is utilized to protect the site. In some cases, crutches are used but the individual can place any weight on the leg if the knee is in a straight position.

Some doctors allow early range of motion exercises, but this is usually done under the guidance of a physical therapist. In most cases, the brace is discontinued after 3 months and any sports can be continued within 4-6 months.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on a quadriceps tendon rupture is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the signs and how it is treated by taking a standard first aid course with Victoria First Aid.

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