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Where is the patella?

Where is the patella?

Kneecap: The patella is also called the kneecap. It's a small, roundish bone which is right at the front part of your knee - the part that sticks out the most. ...Read more

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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more


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Function of the patella?

Function of the patella?

Fulcrum for knee: Patella serves as a fulcrum for the quadriceps muscles to strengthen your ability to straighten your leg. Unfortunately, the shear forces are very high and the patella is prone to developing arthritis. ...Read more

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What is another word for kneecap?

What is another word for kneecap?

Patella: The kneecap is the patella, which is a cartilage structure inside the tendon that connects the lower part of the quads (anterior thigh muscles) to the upper part of the tibia (shin bone). ...Read more

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How to cure patella pain for a drummer?

Quad strengthening: The commonest cause for patellar pain is secondary to quadriceps weakness caused by some softening of the cartilage under the patella and it usually gets better with exercises in addition to rx of the underlying patellar /knee problem. ...Read more

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How soon should you remove patella hardware?

Patella hardware: The key is to make absolutely sure that the patella fracture has healed. Usually at least 6 months. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to treat patella injuries?

Whats the best way to treat patella injuries?

Depends on injury: There are literally dozens of different patella injuries. Seek consultation with an expert to determine what type of injury you have and what the pros and cons of various treatment options are. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of pain on my kneecap?

What would be the cause of pain on my kneecap?

Many possibilities: Pain in the kneecap can have many possible causes, including chondromalacia (cartilage pain), patellar tendonitis, a fracture, or even internal derangement of the knee (ligament or meniscus issue in the knee joint). Best to see your doctor to exam you and find the cause. ...Read more

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How can I cure myself from patella tendonidis?

Patella tendonitis: My experience is that this common problem is rapidly improved with good physical therapy and then exercise that helps strengthen the knee and brings all of the leg muscles into harmony to work together to keep your knee joint in place. ...Read more

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Can a patella that is tilted laterally cause pain?

Can a  patella that is tilted laterally cause pain?

Tilted patella: Yes this condition can cause pain. Sometimes exercise and taping can help. Get evaluated by an orthopedist ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of luekotape for patella pain?

Has anyone ever heard of luekotape for patella pain?

Leukotape: There are lots of ads on the internet: eg, optp (a good company) http://www.Optp.Com/leukotape-p.Aspx "ideal for patellofemoral taping, shoulder realignment, muscle retraining. High tensile strength. Easy-to-tear for quick application. Aggressive zinc oxide adhesive. Contains latex." i could find only 1 medical study at http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11880802. ...Read more

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I got pain shortly medial to patella what it can be?

I got pain shortly medial to patella what it can be?

Patellofemoral pain: Pain just medial to the patella suggests patellar chondromalacia or patellofemoral pain.Cartilage of the kneecap can 'wear down' causing pain, 'catching' and referred pain to the inside of the 'kneecap'. Pain typically is worse w/ stair climbing , keeping your knee bent for long periods of time , squatting etc. See an ors for evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a subluxed patella?

What is the normal recovery time for a subluxed patella?

Knee Pain: Recovery time for a subluxed or dislocated and spontaneously reduced patella varies greatly, but generally weight-bearing can be initiated as soon as tolerated and activity can be gradually resumed either with or without a functional rehabilitation program as tolerated. I expect a return to full activity within six weeks. ...Read more

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I fell on my kneecap, it really hurts. Will it be ok soon?

Maybe but needs eval: You may have broken the patella ( knee cap). You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a pulling sensation in my kneecap, what could be wrong?

Several things: Most likely, you've had an injury resulting in improper tracking of your kneecap within your knee joint. Rest should help the condition. If it doesen't improve after a couple of weeks, or if it worsens, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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If my kneecap pops periodically does that mean something is wrong?

Not necessarily: Popping and cracking of joints do not usually indicate a problem unless it is associated with pain or a dislocation of a joint. ...Read more

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What to do if I had pain shortly medial to patella what it can be?

See a gp or knee spe: probably a meniscal ear or trauma...can you live with it? ...Read more

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I have a patella that is tilted laterally. What can be done for this?

I have a patella that is tilted laterally. What can be done for this?

Strengthen : Strengthen your medial quadriceps, strengthen your hip abductors/gluteus medius and stretch your IT band. Consider utilizing a patellar stabilizing brace. ...Read more

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Does wearing patellar straps all the time help heal patella endonitis?

Does wearing patellar straps all the time help heal patella endonitis?

Treatment options: My suggestions to patients with patella tendonitis consist of rice, anti-inflammatories (oral/ topical), quad stregthening, lower extremity stretching. I also may suggest ice massage, or counterforce bracing. If the above list does not help then you may want to consider discussing prp with your physician based on some recent literature (http://drmarkgalland.Com/category/knee/). ...Read more