Quadriceps Tendinitis Risk Factors
- Participating in "jumping" sports such as basketball, volleyball and jogging.
- Having diabetes, gout or para-hypothyroidism.
- Age can be a factor because as we grow older our tendons become more brittle and therefore prone to injury.
- Activities that require sharp, sudden changes of direction or lots of stopping and starting.
- Mis-alignment of the foot, ankle, and leg including flat feet, leg length discrepancy, tracking abnormalities, etc.
Quadriceps Tendonitis Symptoms
- Pain when tightening or flexing the quadriceps with a straight leg.
- Pain when the top of the kneecap is pressed.
- Irritation or pain when moving from a crouched position to a standing position.
- Stiffness or tightness the day following any activity or exercise that irritated the area.
Treating Quadriceps Tendinitis
The best way to treat quadriceps tendonitis is to start by resting your knee, especially avoiding the particular activity that produced the condition. Regular cold compression wrap application, Circulation Boost and gentle stretching and physiotherapy are all helpful.
In the case of mild tendinitis, the body should be able to heal the tendon fibers normally with proper rest. Unfortunately, this is not the usual result, due to the injured tendon being used frequently in everyday activities.
Because of this stress on the quadriceps tendon, the body heals the injured fibers by binding them together with fibrotic adhesions, or scar tissue. This is a normal, protective response of the body, done in an attempt to prevent further damage to the injured area. Unfortunately, this leads to inflexibility in the knee and possibly chronic knee problems.
The trick to healing a quadriceps tendon injury (or any tendon injury) is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation - one of the reasons why we recommend use of the TShellz Wrap®. Even with optimum healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. You need to make sure you heal this as best you can - that way, your chance of re-injury down the road is much lower than average. If not treated properly, persistent symptoms will occur, which may eventually lead to corrective surgery.
Using cold compression to treat quadriceps tendinitis reduces pain, swelling, and tissue damage.
Cold Compression works by interrupting and slowing nerve and tissue function in the damaged area. This is important because once blood vessels are damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the quadriceps tendon and tissues begin to break-down. An ice pack or frozen bag of peas will help you minimize pain and swelling immediately following an injury or after any further re-injury (which is common due to the instability of the knee).
Cold temperatures slow tissue function thereby reducing the amount of damage occurring. Furthermore, because the cold numbs the nerves, it will help reduce pain.
TShellz® Circulatory Boost Wrap
After the inflammation and swelling above your kneecap and around your quadriceps tendon is reduced, you can begin to treat your entire knee with Circulation Boost, or Circulatory Boost.
Circulatory Boost increases the amount of blood that flows naturally soft tissue in the knee, nourishing tendons, ligaments and muscles. It is increased blood flow that helps speed soft tissue healing.
By treating yourself with a TShellz Wrap® you can increase your body's blood supply to the knee and your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead tissue and toxins that have built up from the injury leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. The Knee TShellz Wrap® provides highly effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and enhanced blood flow with no side effects.
During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your knee until your pain and inflammation settle. Taking the time to care for your knee properly will have your quadriceps tendon back to normal faster and allow you to get back to the activities you enjoy.
With these simple therapies you will notice incredible improvement in your knee. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!