Quadriceps tendinopathy: a review, part 2-classification, prognosis, and treatment

Ann Transl Med. 2019 Feb;7(4):72. doi: 10.21037/atm.2019.01.63.


Overuse injuries of the extensor mechanism of the knee are common in both athletes and non-athletes and usually occur during activities associated with repetitive loading, stress, and knee extension. Numerous reports have been published describing extensor mechanism injuries in athletes, but there is a paucity of studies that focus on quadriceps tendinopathy in the non-athlete population. In addition, there is no universally accepted classification system for tendon pathology. Therefore, we performed a comprehensive literature review of these studies. This review consists of 2 parts. In the previous part we reviewed: (I) epidemiology and (II) diagnosis of quadriceps tendinopathy in the athlete as well as the general population. In this part we discuss: (I) classification; (II) prognosis; and (III) treatment results.

Keywords: Quadriceps tendinopathy; classification; prognosis; treatment.

Publication types

  • Review