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Tendons at the Front of the Knee


Picture of front view of the muscles and tendons of the knee

The tendons at the front of the knee connect the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh to the shinbone (tibia). The upper tendon is called the quadriceps tendon, and it connects the quadriceps muscles to the kneecap (patella). The lower tendon is called the patellar tendon, and it connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
Last RevisedDecember 6, 2010

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