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Patella Tendon Tear

A Patella Tendon Tear is a partial or complete tear of the patella tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Medical attention is required for diagnosis and treatment.
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The Patella Tendon Tear is a serious injury that should be treated by a medical professional immediately. This type of injury is usually caused by a strong force resulting from a fall or jump during physical activities. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and difficulty walking. Our Fellowship trained and board-certified specialists will accurately diagnose your injury using physical examination, x-ray, and MRI. Nonsurgical treatment options may be used for partial tears, while surgical intervention is usually recommended for complete tears. With our mastery of patella tendon repair techniques, our specialists drill small holes in the patella and use sutures to repair the tendon and connect it to the bone. Stretching and strengthening exercises are prescribed by our approved physical therapist after surgery. Patients can fully recover and return to normal activities. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with a specialist.


What is a Patella Tendon Tear?

The patella or kneecap is a small bone that protects the knee. The patella tendon connects the patella to the tibia (shin bone). The patella tendon may partially or completely tear. A strong force delivered from a fall or jump is the cause of a patella tendon tear. Tears usually occur during sports or physical activities. The following are common symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty walking
  • A visible indention

An audible snap may be heard when the tendon tears. Tendon tears require medical attention as soon as possible. Our Fellowship trained and board-certified specialists accurately diagnose patella tendon tears. A physical examination, x-ray, and MRI are used. Findings reveal the severity of the injury. A customized treatment plan relieves symptoms and heals the tendon.

How is a Patella Tendon Tear Treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat partial patella tendons tears. The following are included in an OIBO specialist’s treatment plan:

  • RICE. Rice, ice, compression, and elevation decrease swelling and pain.
  • Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease inflammation.
  • Immobilization. Crutches and a knee immobilizer brace take the weight off the knee.
  • Physical therapy. Exercises strengthen the tendon and knee.

Surgical intervention is usually recommended for complete tears. Our specialists have mastered patella tendon repair techniques. During a procedure, the specialist drills small holes in the patella and uses sutures to repair the tendon and connect it to the bone. Physical therapy is prescribed after surgery. Stretching and strengthening exercises are prescribed by our approved physical therapist. Patients fully recover and return to normal activities. To schedule your appointment with a specialist, call our practice or visit our contact page.

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