Patients often come into our office with pain in their patella tendon. The actual problem is rarely in the patella tendon itself. That is just where the symptom is. There are 4 quadriceps muscles (hence ‘quad’) that converge over the knee cap and form into the patella tendon. It is very common that soft tissue dysfunction in the quadriceps muscles are contributing to added stress and tension on the tendon which is what causes the pain. In this video Dr. Robert Barton with Peak Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Pasadena Texas discusses this concept and treats with an instrument assisted myofascial release technique. Just remember, if you have knee pain sometimes you have to treat ‘upstream.’
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