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Peter S Lepse
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Sergio Delgado, MD
(785) 357-0352
631 SW Horne St Ste 410
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1962

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Richard E Polly
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Phillip Leonard Baker, MD
(785) 357-0301
909 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Med Ctr, Topeka, Ks; Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Sports Medicine Clinic

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Richard Edward Polly, MD
(785) 357-0301
909 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Med Ctr, Topeka, Ks; Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: KS Orthopedics & Sports Med

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Joseph William Huston, MD
(785) 357-0352
634 SW Mulvane St Ste 402
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1962

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Kevin Michael Cassidy, DDS
(785) 233-0582
2301 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John H Gilbert
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Phillip Baker
(785) 357-0301
909 Sw Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph Edward Mumford, MD
(785) 357-0301
909 SW Mulvane St
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Med Ctr, Topeka, Ks; Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas Ortohpedic & Sports

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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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