Quadriceps tendon rupture
|Quadriceps tendon rupture|
|Synonyms||Quadriceps tendon tear|
|An x-ray demonstrating quadriceps tendon rupture. Note the abnormal angle of the patella and soft-tissue swelling marked by the arrow.|
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms are pain and the inability to extend the knee against resistance. A gap can often be palpated at the tendon's normal location.
The tendon can be surgically repaired. Afterwards a brace is given that prevents flexion of the knee. Athletes who have suffered this injury generally return to action in about 9 months to a year.