When we talk about Knee Tendinosis, there are two distinct kinds. To understand this, you need to understand a little bit of anatomy. The Quadriceps Muscle is the powerful muscle on the front of the thigh. It focuses down to a tendon that attaches to the knee cap (Pattela). There is then a second knee tendon called the Patellar Tendon. The Patellar Tendon connects the bottom half of the knee cap, with the top of the Tibia (the bigger of the two bones below the knee).
- Quadriceps Tendinosis: A Tendinosis of the tendon that runs from the Quadriceps (front thigh muscles) to the knee cap.
- Tendinosis of the Patellar Tendon: A Tendinosis of the tendon that runs from the knee cap, down to its attachment point about an inch or so below — at the top of the Tibia or shin bone.
It is my humble opinion that these “two” tendons are really one tendon that has a large sesemoid bone (the patella, or knee cap) living within it. By the way, when I see Patellar Tendonosis in kids and adolescents, it is called OSGOOD SCHLATTER’S SYNDROME and the TISSUE REMODELING TREATMENT that I do stops it cold! To learn more, read our complete page of KNEE TENDINOSIS or TENDINITIS -vs- TENDINOSIS.