Quadriceps Tendon


What is the Quadriceps Tendon?

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The Quadriceps Tendon connects the Quadriceps (Large muscles at the front of your thigh) to the Patella (Knee Cap).

How is it Injured?

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The Quadriceps Tendon usually ruptures when a large force is placed through it such as falling on a flexed knee.

This usually happens in elderly people.


What problem does it cause?

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You will be unable to straighten your knee once it is bent.


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You will usually have an X-ray of your knee.

If there is any doubt after Mr Lavender has listened to your story and examined your knee then a MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan) may be requested.



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Surgery is usually required to repair the tendon.


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For more information or to gain a better understanding of the condition, click the links below:

Quadriceps Tendon Rupture Info Sheet

More Info:

Quadriceps Tendon Tear – Your Orthopaedic Connection – AAOS

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