What You Should Know about Quadriceps Tendonitis
Have you ever met an athlete who has been injured? Or, perhaps, you are an athlete yourself that has had some bad run with your own body which left you short of your training.
You know how important it is to take care of yourself, and how long it can take to get yourself back on track. Well, one of the most common types of sports injuries in the world today, especially with runners, cyclers and other people who use their legs hard for a living, is quadriceps tendonitis.
What Is QT?
Quadriceps tendonitis is a condition in which the patient feels a lot of pain in or just above the knee, even when they are not doing anything. This can be quite the complicated situation, as you need your legs to move, but if you move your legs, they will not heal as fast. Quadriceps tendonitis is caused by excess and continuous stress on your knees by way of constantly pushing yourself.
You see, there is a tendon that connects your largest muscle group, the quadriceps, to your knee cap, and another tendon that connects this tendon to the top of the shin bone. When stress is placed on these tendons, they begin to tear, such as just walking or running. This is normal. They will heal themselves normally over the next day or two.
However, when you consistently push them, tearing them more and more each day, and don’t give them a chance to heal, then you will more than likely develop quadriceps tendonitis. Essentially it is when the tendons are torn and you are not letting them heal.
How Can I Get Rid of QT?
There are a lot of things that you can do to help get rid of quadriceps tendonitis, however, the first step that you should make is to go to the doctor. He will let you know if you really do have quadriceps tendonitis, or if you have something else that may just feel similar. He will do a few tests on you to confirm the condition.
However, if this condition is really confirmed, you are more than likely not going to like the solution that he gives you. First, you should take an anti-inflammatory, such as Tylenol, or Advil. This is a piece of cake, right? Next is the part that you won’t like: you will have to let your leg rest for a while, probably a few weeks, and depending on the severity of the issue, you may even be given a brace to use.
This is to allow the tendonitis to heal as quickly as possible. However, without rest, and without exposing it to even more stress, you will only make the condition worse. Ultimately, quadriceps tendonitis is not something that many people would want to have, and because it happens more to athletes than anyone else, it is no wonder why it has a bad reputation (athletes hate taking time off training!).
If you have this problem, make sure to just give it rest and to give it time to heal itself properly, because if you don’t, it may become permanent.