Article by Dr. Darren R Keiser MD
The quadriceps tendon works with the muscles in the front of your thigh — the quadriceps — to straighten your leg. Although anyone can injure the quadriceps tendon, tears are more common among middle-aged people who play running or jumping sports. A complete tear of the quadriceps tendon is a disabling injury. It usually requires surgery to regain full knee function.
Quadriceps tendon tears can be either partial or complete.
. Many tears do not completely disrupt the soft tissue. This is similar to a rope stretched so far that some of the fibers are torn, but the rope is still in one piece.
. A complete tear will split the soft tissue into two pieces.
> An indentation at the top of your kneecap where the tendon tore
> Your kneecap may sag or droop because the tendon is torn
> You are unable to straighten your knee
> Difficulty walking due to the knee buckling or giving way
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