Patella and Quadriceps Tendonopathy
Tendons are strong cords of fibrous tissue that attach muscle to bones and the kneecap (patella) is attached to the quadriceps muscles at the top by the quadriceps tendon. The patella is attached at the bottom to the shinbone (tibia) by the patella tendon. Both of these tendons work with the muscles in the front of your thigh (Quadriceps) to straighten your leg.
Tendinopathies are most often overuse injuries that have a gradual onset of pain; although they can also develop following a direct blow to the tendon. Prolonged and repetitive stresses on a tendon can result in a reaction in the tendon causing pain and sometimes swelling/thickening.
In the patella and quadriceps tendon, tendinopathies often occur following a period of increased activity such as a change in work or a new hobby, or in people who run or do sports, a change in training schedule.
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