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Rare case of symptomatic calcific tendinopathy of the origin of rectus femoris tendon


Although calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder is a relatively common clinical diagnosis, calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon near its origin at the anterior inferior iliac spine is rare. We present a case of a 53-year-old female avid runner with left hip pain. Clinical evaluation and X-ray imaging led to a diagnosis of calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon. The patient was treated conservatively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and rest. Calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon can occur rarely in active patients and may be a cause of hip pain, responsive to conservative management, but with other treatment options possible if recalcitrant.

  • general practice / family medicine
  • orthopaedics
  • physiotherapy (rehabilitation)
  • sports and exercise medicine
  • ultrasonography

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