About Patella Tendon Ruptures:
A patella tendon rupture is an injury to the tendon that attaches the knee cap to the tibia and works to straighten the leg. Whereas small tears can make walking and/or participation in daily activities difficult, large tears can be debilitating.
Signs & Symptoms
- An indentation at the bottom of the kneecap (at the location of the tear)
- Bruising, tenderness, and/or cramping
- The kneecap moves up into the thigh when it is no longer anchor to the shinbone
- Difficulty walking, feeling of knee buckling and/or ‘giving way’
How is it Treated?
- Physical Therapy and temporary bracing
- Surgical intervention may be required. Seeing an orthopedic specialist should be considered.