Quadriceps Tendon Tear

At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, we understand the challenges associated with Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures. This comprehensive guide provides essential information about this condition, including its causes, symptoms, precise diagnosis, and effective treatment.

Understanding Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures:

A Quadriceps Tendon Rupture is a severe injury that involves the tearing or complete rupture of the quadriceps tendon, which connects the quadriceps muscles to the patella (kneecap). This injury can lead to significant pain, knee weakness, and difficulty with mobility.

Causes of Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures:

Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Sudden Force: A direct blow, fall, or impact to the knee.
  • Overuse: Chronic overuse or stress on the quadriceps tendon.
  • Tendon Weakening: Tendon degeneration due to aging or medical conditions.
  • Steroid Injections: The repeated use of corticosteroid injections in the knee.
  • Underlying Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, that affect the tendons.

Common Symptoms:

Recognizing the symptoms of Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures is crucial for timely intervention. Patients may experience:

  • Sudden Severe Pain: Acute, intense pain in the knee, often with a tearing or snapping sensation at the time of injury.
  • Swelling: Inflammation and swelling around the knee and kneecap.
  • Inability to Straighten the Leg: Difficulty extending the knee, resulting in a bent-knee position.
  • Knee Weakness: Significant loss of strength and mobility in the affected leg.
  • Kneecap Drooping: The kneecap may descend lower than its normal position.


Accurate diagnosis is essential for creating an effective treatment plan. Our experienced specialists employ a combination of methods, including physical examinations, medical history review, and imaging (MRI or ultrasound). This helps us assess the extent of the tendon rupture and the best approach for management.

Treatment Options:

Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa offers various treatment options for Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures:

  • Surgical Repair: Surgical intervention is typically necessary to reattach and repair the ruptured tendon.
  • Immobilization: After surgery, the knee may be immobilized with a brace or cast.
  • Physical Therapy: Post-surgery rehabilitation is essential to regain knee strength and mobility.

Your Path to Recovery:

Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures can be challenging, but Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa is dedicated to helping you find relief. Our personalized treatment plans, guided by our expertise, ensure you receive the best care throughout your journey to knee health.

Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures require specialized care, and Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa is here to provide comprehensive insights, accurate diagnostics, and customized treatment plans. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward pain relief and improved knee function.