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How to Mend Your Quadriceps Tendinitis

Updated on October 25, 2012

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.

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Causes

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.

Symptoms

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.


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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.

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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.

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Treating Your Quadriceps Tendinitis

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Surgery

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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Quadriceps Tendonitis Questions & Comments

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      MendMeShop LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Michelle,

      I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing such debilitating pain in your thigh and quadriceps muscles. The extent of an MRI diagnostic technique really depends on a couple of different factors, including (but not limited to):

      1. The area of your body that your Doctor feels is the true cause of your symptoms. Your Doctor may have already made a diagnosis, and if not they may have ordered an MRI to diagnose your pain. Either way, the coverage area of your MRI will depend on your Doctor's area of expertise and their current opinion of your diagnosis and prognosis (future outlook for recovery).

      2. Your Doctor's opinion of areas needing further investigation. For example, the pain in your thigh could be radiating from a quadriceps injury and he/she may not feel the need to have your thigh scanned at this time until the results are back from a Quadriceps MRI.

      3. Sometimes MRIs are used as a method of eliminating the possibility of injuries as well. If your Doctor is confident that you have an injury in a specific area due to physical examination or other tests performed, they may order an MRI over an unrelated area of your body to eliminate the possibility of additional injury.

      3. Where you will be having your MRI can also influence the coverage area. Many hospitals have different Radiologist technicians, policies or procedures that may require a specialist to perform an MRI on a particular area of the body. Where you get this test done could influence the areas of your body that the MRI will cover. However, after the MRI is taken you can expect that a Radiologist will read your scan and forward the results directly to your Doctor.

      These are just a few factors to consider, and the information supplied here should never replace the advice or information available to you from your Doctor or another medical professional.

      Unfortunately, this really isn't a "yes" or "no" kind of question. I would definitely recommend consulting with your Doctor to get a better idea of their motivation for ordering an MRI and what they expect to determine from the results. This will give you the clarification you need for the whole MRI process.

      I truly hope they find the cause of your pain and help you to resolve the issue. You may want to check out this link for some conservative treatment ideas to help manage pain from your injury and heal any quadriceps/thigh tissue damage: http://www.aidmymuscle.com/quadricep-muscle/quadri...

      I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming MRI and recovery process.

      Sincerely,

      Louise

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello,

      I think I may be tendonosis in my quadricep but my thigh always hurts as well (not sure what the issue is). Is it possible to do an MRI on my quad and thigh (right leg) in just one MRI? Or would I need to have 2 separate MRIs?

      Thank you so much!

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      MendMeShop LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Good morning Michael:

      I'm sorry to hear that you have injured your knee playing a sport that you enjoy. The symptoms you are describing are typical to those of Meniscus injuries. We do have products that will help to repair tears and bring down inflammation. In order to find out how severe the injury is an MRI would be recommended.

      Meniscus injuries are notorious for receiving very little blood flow to heal. Knowing the location, size and severity of your tear (which can again be found out with an MRI) will help you in finding out what treatment is best for you. You are very lucky to be young with an injury like this. Meniscus tears typically heal much more quickly for people who are younger compared to those that are aging. Your youth also gives you added benefits when dealing with doctors or orthopedic specialists. For example, if surgery is required you will have many more choices in procedures because your body is able to heal much more quickly and bounce back from an injury such as this one.

      Without knowing the size or location of the tear it is impossible to know what will help you, but the fact that you are so young will definitely work in your favour. Your body will be able to heal itself much more readily than someone who is older with your same injury. There are also things you can do at home to improve your chances of healing. Like I mentioned before, the meniscus receives very little blood flow and so it is imperative to increase localized blood flow to help your meniscus tear in healing. A Blood Flow Stimulant, for example, can increase blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injured site which are required to heal soft tissue injuries. It will also strengthen and give elasticity to the other tendons and ligaments in the knee.

      If you are suffering from extreme pain, swelling, or inflammation, many doctors will also prescribe "R.I.C.E." (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to treat your pain and swelling. The only thing is that you must be careful for this is using Ice to treat your injury. Ice can reduce body temperature rapidly, fast enough to numb the nerve endings in your knee. This will of course get rid of your pain, but it will also mean that you may ice your injury too long. One major danger of this approach is the result of cryoburn, or freezer burn to your skin. We provide a wrap that is cooled to a safe temperature, but you may also benefit from 20 min of less for treatments with ice, and wrapping your knee or the ice in a towel before treatment.

      All in all, I strongly suggest that you discuss your injury with your parents, a teacher or guardian and seek medical attention from a doctor or physician. You are young and require thorough healing of your meniscus. Chronic meniscus injuries that aren't treated properly increase your risk of getting arthritis or osteoarthritis later in life. Your meniscus are very important because they are the shock absorbers in your knee and protect your bones from rubbing against each other. Unlike other soft tissues in the body, your meniscus are not as able to "grow back" when they are damaged. And so it is important to get a proper diagnosis and seek medical attention before moving forward with healing.

      I personally hope you find relief and treatment to prepare your knee for your upcoming basketball season. Please check our website at www.AidMyMeniscus.com for further information or feel free to contact our office at 1-866-237-9608 and speak to one of our Product Specialists.

      Wishing you all the best in Health & Wellness,

      Louise

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I'ma 22 year old male and I play Div.1 University football and also practice with the university basketball team. About 2 months ago I started experienceing noticeable pain above my left knee cap on the medial inside of my knee. I had been doing lots of leg workouts as well as plyometrics and football practices all year and never felt anything wrong. I went to a physiotherapist where electro stimulation was used about 3-4 times a week for 3 weeks but it did not have much of an effect on reducing the pain in my knee.

      After 2-3 weeks of leg rest (zero lower body workouts) i went to a different therapist where ultrasound therapy was added to electro stimulation. I find it very difficult to run at any speed without pain, squatting and climbing stairs provide sharp pain throughout the upper inside portion of my left knee, and i feel it is very weak and feels almost unstable when I walk.

      Is there some other technique I should be looking into? Does this sound like tendinitis? I want to get back on the field as quick as possible before the season starts with 100 percent knee health, Any advice is greatly appreciated.

      Sincerely,

      Frustrated runningback

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey, ima 14 year old basketball player and yesterday I was at the gym playing pick up games for about 3 hours on and off and the next day at school I sat down in a chair and just above my right knee I felt like a pop or something like that and it only hurts when I sit down or get up from sitting down and walking up and down stairs. I want to know what it is and how I could get help or something cuz aau is about to start up for me and I want to know if its serious or not. Can youhelp me?

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Keegan,

      It is Paul from Mendmeshop following up.

      Prior to implementing any more treatments, I would first work to obtain a proper diagnosis. Until that is accomplished, you may go through numerous courses of treatments which may have no effect on the situation since the extent of the damage and the actual injury is still unknown at this time.

      Since football certainly makes up a very important part of your life, obtaining a proper diagnosis is imperative at this stage. I would follow up with your doctor and they will make the appropriate referral for you.

      Paul

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Jake,

      Thanks for your posting.

      First and foremost, it would be advisable to rule out any potential stress fracture to the knee cap. You had mentioned the fall you suffered would be considered moderate to more severe, so this would be a first step.

      Second, you will want to determine what damage has been suffered to the tendons and ligaments in the knee as this could affect mobility and stability going forward.

      Once more information is obtained about the extent of the injury, we could then look at options to help heal and reverse the damage that has occurred.

      Paul

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, I'm a 21 year old male. About a week ago, I took a hard fall on my left knee. After that I experienced a momentary burning hot striking pain just above my knee. I can walk and still put weight on my leg, but the area just above my knee hurts a lot at some angles. Any suggestions?

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      MendMeShop LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Jacob,

      It certainly sounds like you have an ongoing issue within your knee.

      Have you had an MRI to determine what the exact injury may be? It is hard to tell if it is a tear, chondromalacia patella, bursitis, sprain etc. without a proper diagnosis.

      Surgery may be an option depending on what the injury is. Sometimes you can avoid surgery by using alternative therapies such as blood flow stimulation and ultrasound.

      I am sorry i was not more assistance to you. Once you know what the diagnosis may be we could certainly help with treatments.

      Best regards,

      Danieca

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, I am an 18 year old who used to play competitive level soccer. Almost one and a half year ago i started to experience pain right above both my knee caps. I went for physiotherapy (Ultrasound, laser, IFC treatments) and it had no effect/relief whatsoever. I rested for more than 2 months and stilll no sign of it getting any better. I even paid a lot of money to visit a doctor in the states for 2 weeks. He stated that my quad muscles were weak which generates pain in the knee... After i got back from the states, the pain is less but it still exists right above my knees. When i apply pressure (squats) or walk up stairs i experience the most pain. It is a sharp pain. I think this may be quadricep tendinitis but do you think this is a tear? I've suffered from this for almost 2 years and I haven't been able to do anything active (Sports, exercising, etc). This doctor also reccommended that i do these "ISO" exercises which i have been doing for almost a month now, which definitely strengthened my quad and hamstrings and the pain is still there... Do you think surgery is the only method at this point? Please let me know asap! Thank you.

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      MendMeShop LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi There,

      Thank you for your detailed post. It is good that you took time off to let your knee heal. As far as whether you should continue to run track? Well that really depends on how much your knee tendinitis has healed, as you do not want to keep injuring the tissues.

      Tendons are basically hard fibrous connective tissue that connect muscle to bone. Tendinitis is inflammation and or irritation in the tendon caused by micro tearing. The most common reason you develop tendinitis is by overuse.

      The body's natural way to heal an injury is to put scar tissue over the micro tears in the injured area. Unfortunately, scar tissue is not as flexible as normal healthy tissue; so when you do too much activity with the knee, you are potentially re tearing all of those small tears within the tendon.

      That's where our Portable Ultrasound Therapy System comes in. Ultrasound Therapy is a painless, proven, easy way to soften and break up any scar tissue in your tendons, which is probably causing most of your discomfort. The sound waves that are emitted massage the tendon causing the scar tissue to soften and the tendon to become healthier. In addition, it is going to help heal any micro tearing in the tendon. The ultrasound does this by improving blood flow to your tissues, which promotes healing and also reduces swelling and inflammation, which is the main source of pain. Ultrasound therapy is not recommended for individuals under the age of 16, so I would definitely suggest that you see your doctor before considering this method of treatment.

      You can also treat your knee with some Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (through use of an Inferno Wrap) to help get rid of toxins and cellular waste within the injured tissue by promoting blood flow to the site of the injury. Treatment with our Inferno Wrap will encourage the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood (something your body needs to heal) directly to your damaged tissue. The Inferno Wrap will also stimulate the production of collagen, which is a building block for healthy tissue. The Inferno Wrap is also a great maintenance tool to use after the knee tendinitis is healed. If you use this wrap before running track or other exercise, it will warm up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the knee reducing the risk of re injury.

      For more information on knee injuries and our therapeutic products check out MendMyKnee.com.

      I hope I have answered most of your questions and provided you with enough guidance so you may now decide which course of treatment is best for you and your injury. If you need any additional information about our products and services please feel free to contract us toll-free at 1-866-237-9608.

      Best wishes,

      Danieca

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, I am a 16 year old female. I run track (sprints) and last year experienced pain above my kneecap on my right leg. My knee felt really stiff and only hurt after practice. Then, it started hurting all day long. It really hurt to walk down the stairs and I started putting most of my weight on my left leg. In March, I was told I had knee tendinitis. I took 4-6 weeks off and my knee started feeling better. However, now whenever I jump, walk long distances, or run around for a while, my knee starts to hurt again.

      I was wondering if I should run track again this year, or just stop running altogether. Also, I was wondering if I can do anything to get better and how to keep it from coming back. I have been resting and icing it.

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      MendMeShop LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Shoeb,

      This is Danieca from MendMeShop.

      You definitely did the right thing by going to the doctor and getting an MRI. It is always important to get the doctors diagnosis for proper treatments.

      Quadriceps Tendinitis affects the patellar tendon just above the kneecap area. This condition is the painful degeneration of the inside of the quadriceps tendon above the kneecap. A person experiencing quadriceps tendinitis will have particular pain straightening the lower leg, or decelerating when walking. The major point of pain originates from above the kneecap.

      Cold compression therapy via our Freezie Wrap will help reduce your swelling and inflammation as well as help with the pain. Our Freezie Wrap is specially designed, with a gel pack that is cooled in the fridge instead of the freezer - which means that you wonât have to place a frozen, rigid ice pack against your tender quadriceps injury. Since you are still experiencing some slight swelling you should use cold therapy with our Freezie Wrap for 20 minutes up to 4 times a day. This will help to get rid of the remainder of your swelling, which will allow you to treat the underlying inflammation that is present in your quadriceps tendon.

      Ultrasound Therapy is a great tool to use for treating tendinitis and healing a tendon tear. Therapeutic Ultrasound works on a cellular level creating friction between your cells giving you three primary benefits:

      1. Blood flow is increased within the injured tissue, which speeds your body's natural healing process.

      2. Swelling and edema (some of the main sources of pain) are reduced.

      3. Ultrasound therapy softens existing scar tissue and minimizes the build up of new scar tissue. This helps to reduce your pain while healing, and gives you greater flexibility once your injury has healed.

      Our Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel is another therapy on its own. It contains eucalyptus, peppermint, Bulgarian lavender, and menthol. These are all-natural botanicals that offer anti-inflammatory, pain relief, and muscle relaxant properties. Using the Lavender Infusion Gel with our Portable Ultrasound will strengthen your overall therapy.

      Once the swelling and inflammation have subsided with Cold Compression and Ultrasound Therapy, our Inferno Wrap is a great tool to stimulate your blood flow during healing and maintain good health in your quadriceps tendon once the injury has healed. The Inferno Wrap essentially provides much needed BFST (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy) that promotes deep tissue healing. During treatment you will feel a deep warming sensation within the tissues. Once blood flow is restored to the injured tissues, cellular waste and toxins are whisked away as oxygen filled blood soothes your injured tissue, speeding the body's natural healing process. The deep warming sensation will also relax all surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the treatment area decreasing your risk of re-injury.

      I hope I have answered all of your questions today... If you would like more information about the therapies I have mentioned, treatment of your quadriceps tendon with our products, or the services we have to offer please do not hesitate to contact us toll free at 1-877-876-4588.

      Wishing you the best in health & wellness,

      Danieca

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi, I am 38 year male, a designer by profession. I ve pain in my left knee just above the kneecap espacially worse on forceful extension and get some relieve in semi flex position. Slight sweeling in that area and i feel my this thigh some weaker than the other. My MRI for the knee joint was perfect. Recently my treating doctor informed me that it might be quardicep tendinitis.

      Please guide me about the treatment and prevention.

      Regards