A 38-year-old member asked:
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should i have surgery right away for patellar tendonitis with slight tear or just rest for a few months?

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
28 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Wait : Surgery is only indicated for patients who have failed a thorough course of non-operative care. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to understand your best treatment decisions.
Answered on Jun 15, 2014
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Dr. Christie Lehman
15 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No.: You should not skip a reasonable course of conservative treatment if you have an intact tendon. This should include avoidance of overuse to start. Potential improvement with Nitric Oxide patches or even shock wave therapy, eccentric strengthening exercises. Needling techniques can help reheal the damaged tissue. Risk factors for the cause of this condition should be looked for and treated as well.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014

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