Quadriceps tendonitis is a common problem that can be successfully treated using focused soundwaves with ultrasound guidance during treatment, to stimulate a healing response. Patients will usually experience a gradual decrease in pain over a period of around 10 weeks following treatment.
Quadriceps tendonitis occurs at the top of the patella (knee cap) where the quadriceps muscles attach to the bone.
During contraction of the quadriceps, tension is put through the quadriceps tendon. If this is excessive or repetitive, damage can occur. Overuse causes pain, tissue damage and inflammation where it inserts on the top of the knee cap. Calcium can also deposit in the tendon as a result of injury. It can also be caused by a direct blow to the area.
Pain and tenderness on the top of the knee cap.
Pain develops gradually over time.
We usually require an x-ray to have been performed prior to treatment. This is to check that there are no other bony or soft tissue problems that may be causing the pain.