How to Mend Your Quadriceps Tendinitis
The Quadriceps tendon is a cord-like tendon that is located just above the Patella (or kneecap), and connects the Quadriceps muscle group to the Patella. This tendon allows for superior movement by working with the patellar tendon and Quadriceps muscles to straighten the knee and leg.
What Causes Quadriceps Tendinitis?
Quadriceps tendinitis may occur due to an acute trauma of some sort, and is also most common among athletes participating in sports that involve jumping (basketball). Quadriceps tendinitis is also an overuse injury, meaning that the tendon can become weak because of repetitive movements. Inappropriate footwear or improper training techniques are common causes of this injury as well. Individuals with poor biomechanics (leg misalignment, flat foot or leg length discrepancies) may experience uneven weight bearing on their Quadriceps tendon which could also result in Quadriceps tendonitis.
What Symptoms Should You Expect?
If you have Quadriceps tendinitis you will experience a great deal of pain when straightening your leg and may also notice some swelling, bruising or tenderness just above your kneecap. Symptoms you may experience if you have a complete tendon tear include difficulty walking (your knee may buckle when you place any weight onto it), an indentation at the top of your knee, or your kneecap may feel loose or sag.
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What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Quadriceps Tendinitis?
Tendon injuries typically require longer healing processes because tendons are tough, dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow. Even with optimal healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. To prevent excessive in-elasticity of the tendon the injury should heal with minimal scar tissue formation and as much realignment of fibers as possible; which can be accomplished through Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.
As soon as your soft tissue is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.
Unfortunately when your soft tissue is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your body is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured meniscus to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.
Using cold compression immediately following a soft tissue tear, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
What can be done for your soft tissue when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when injured soft tissue receives proper blood flow.
If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your body is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?
BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your soft tissue without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.
Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured soft tissue becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.
Treating Your Quadriceps Tendinitis
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When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend Quadriceps Tendinitis?
Surgery is typically not performed unless there has been a complete tear of the Quadriceps tendon. In this case the surgeon will drill holes into the Patella and apply sutures to reattach the Quadriceps tendon to the Patella. This particular procedure also features some new techniques including the insertion of anchors which are placed on the Patella in order to keep the Quadriceps tendon in place.
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