Patella Tendon Rupture

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.

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