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Thigh Tendon Rupture Overview

Another name for Thigh Tendon Rupture is Quadriceps Tendon Rupture.

What is a quadriceps tendon rupture?
A person with a quadriceps tendon rupture has torn the tendon that attaches the quadriceps muscle to the kneecap. Sports injuries are the most common causes of quadriceps tendon rupture. Quadriceps tendon ruptures are very rare.

What are the symptoms of quadriceps tendon rupture?
Symptoms of quadriceps tendon rupture include pain, swelling, and tenderness in the front of the knee and thigh. Additional symptoms include leg weakness, inability to walk, and a deformed lower thigh.

How does the doctor treat quadriceps tendon rupture?
Treatment for quadriceps tendon rupture may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, a splint or cast, crutches or a walker, narcotic pain medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for quadriceps tendon rupture may include physical therapy and surgery to repair the tendon.

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Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Thigh Tendon Rupture References
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