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Marcia Nelsen, MD
(605) 996-5903
2200 N Kimball St Ste 1050
Mitchell, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Sacred Heart Health Services, Yankton, Sd; Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: Praireland Orthopaedics

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Robert Ernest Mc Whirter, MD
(605) 996-7077
1222 E 7th Ave
Mitchell, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Platte Comm Memorial Hospital, Platte, Sd; Queen Of Peace Hospital, Mitchell, Sd
Group Practice: Mitchell Orthopaedic Ctr

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Dr.Tommy Howey
(605) 331-5890
810 E 23rd St # 5000
Sioux Falls, SD
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Ford Cole, MD
(605) 226-2663
530 Iowa Ave SE
Huron, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1968

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Hollis Le Roy Ahrlin Jr, MD
(605) 342-9136
2929 5th St Ste 150
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, Sd
Group Practice: Ahrlin Orthopedics

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Felix Flores Ungacta, MD
625 N Foster St
Mitchell, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd

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Steven Jerome Stokesbary, MD
(605) 217-2667
575 N Sioux Point Rd
North Sioux City, SD
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dr.Brian Aamlid
(605) 328-3700
1210 W 18th St # G01
Sioux Falls, SD
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis
Year of Graduation: 1985
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Mc Kennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Steven Jay Meyer
(605) 217-2615
575 N Sioux Point Rd
Dakota Dunes, SD
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kamp Richard Meyer, DDS
(605) 343-1500
2620 Jackson Blvd Ste A
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Quadriceps Tendonitis

A Patient's Guide to Quadriceps Tendonitis of the Knee

Introduction

Alignment or overuse problems of the knee structures can lead to strain, irritation, and/or injury of the quadriceps muscle and tendon. This produces pain, weakness, and swelling of the knee joint.

These problems can affect people of all ages but the majority of patients with overuse injuries of the knee (and specifically quadriceps tendonitis) are involved in soccer, volleyball, or running activities.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the problem develops
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what treatment options are available

Anatomy

What is the quadriceps muscle/tendon, and what does it do?

The patella (kneecap) is the moveable bone on the front of the knee. This unique bone is wrapped inside a tendon that connects the large muscles on the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles, to the lower leg bone.

The large quadriceps muscle ends in a tendon that inserts into the tibial tubercle, a bony bump at the top of the tibia (shin bone) just below the patella. The tendon together with the patella is called the quadriceps mechanism. Though we think of it as a single device, the quadriceps mechanism has two separate tendons, the quadriceps tendon on top of the patella and the patellar tendon below the patella.

Tightening up the quadriceps muscles places a pull on the tendons of the quadriceps mechanism. This action causes the knee to straighten. The patella acts like a fulcrum to increase the force of the quadriceps muscles.

The long bones of the femur and the tibia act as level arms, placing force or load on the knee joint and surrounding soft tissues. The amount of load can be quite significant. For example, the joint reaction forces of the lower extremity (including the knee) are two to three times the body weight during walking and up to five times the body weight when running.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Knee Anatomy

Causes

How does this problem develop

Quadriceps tendonitis occurs most often as a result of stresses placed on the supporting structures of the knee. Running, jumping, and quick starts and stops contribute to this condition. Overuse injuries from sports activities is the most common cause but anyone can be affected, even those who do not participate in sports or recreational activities.

There are extrinsic (outside) factors that are linked with overuse tendon injuries of the knee. These include inappropriate footwear, training errors (frequency, intensity, duration), and surface or ground (hard surface, cement) being used for the sport or event (such as running). Training errors are summed up by the rule of toos. This refers to training too much, too far, too fast, or too long. Advancing the training schedule forward too quickly is a major cause of quadriceps tendonitis.

Intrinsic (internal) factors such as age, flexibility, and joint laxity are also importan...

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