Quadriceps Tendon Tear – McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving McKinney, TX. He is a board certified doctor and holds extensive experience in providing complete treatment and diagnosis of various orthopedic conditions of the knee and shoulder.

Quadriceps Tendon Tear

Tendons are strong fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones. Four quadriceps muscles meet above the knee to form a quadriceps tendon, which is attached to the patella or the kneecap. Along with patellar tendon and shinbone, it is responsible for straightening the leg. A small tear or a traumatic injury to the tendon may limit the leg’s movement and cause discomfort. This condition is not very common and is termed as Quadriceps Tendon Tear. It is seen in middle aged people involved in running and jumping sports.

Types Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Partial Tears – The soft tissue is not completely damaged but frayed to a smaller extent.
  • Complete Tears – The tendon is split into two pieces.
  • Causes Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Improper jumping
  • Inflammation in the quadriceps tendon
  • Heavy load on the inappropriately positioned leg
  • Direct blow to the front of the knee during a fall or an accident
  • Chronic diseases that limit the blood supply like, Leukemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus etc.
Symptoms Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Sagging of kneecap
  • Tenderness and Cramps
  • Trouble in walking and straightening the leg
  • A depression can be felt at the affected area above the knee

Diagnosis Of Quadriceps Tendon Tear

To evaluate the extent of injury the doctor may begin by conducting a physical examination. He may try to see the extent to which the patient can stretch his/her leg. He may then suggest imaging tests like X-Ray and MRI to have a clearer picture of the underlying condition.

Treatment For Quadriceps Tendon Tear

  • Depending upon the age, activity level and extent of injury the doctor will provide a treatment plan, which may be conservative or surgical.
  • The doctor may ask the patients to wear knee immobilization braces for a while. They will keep the knee straight and assist in faster healing of the injury
  • In order to avoid weight on the injured leg, the patients may also be suggested to walk with the support of crutches.
  • Once, the inflammation is reduced the doctor may recommend certain physical exercises to restore leg’s lost range of motion.
  • In case of complete tendon tear a surgical intervention may be required. In this procedure, the orthopedic surgeon may drill holes in the kneecap and pass the sutures to tie them with the torn tendon. This may help to reposition the torn tendon to its proper place.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Quadriceps Tendon Tear consult Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.