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Patellar tendon rupture--is it serious?

Patellar tendon rupture--is it serious?

Yes: It is a significant knee injury
it will need to be surgically repaired
and then immoblized for 6-8 weeks
to allow healing.
If it is not repaired, it will be
difficult to walk especially on
stairs. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Tendon Rupture (Definition)

A tendon rupture occurs when the structure of the tendon becomes discontinuous. The tendon connects a muscle to a bone allowing the contractile force of the muscle to be transmitted to the bone allowing for motion to occur. In a tendon rupture, this ...Read more


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How do you fix a patellar tendon rupture?

How do you fix a patellar tendon rupture?

Patellar tendon: Repair of the patella tendon (pt) requires an incision in front of the knee. The tendon typically pulls away from the inferior pole of patella. Vertical drill holes made from inferior to superior patella. Stitches are placed through pt, passed through dril holes, and tied over top of patella. ...Read more

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How can you cure patellar tendon rupture?

How can you cure patellar tendon rupture?

Patellar tendon: If you have a complete patellar tendon rupture you would require surgical repair or reconstruction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Patellar tendon rupture?

What is the definition or description of: Patellar tendon rupture?

Disconnect: An injury to the connection between the quad tendon and lower leg(tibia). Due to this injury the patient is unable to extend the leg. There is a disconnect in the quadriceps extensor mechanism and the lower leg. Usually requires surgical reapair ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for patellar tendon rupture?

Orthopaedic Surgeon: Any orthopaedic surgeon that operates on the knee should be able to take care of a patella tendon rupture. ...Read more

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Is it possible to return to football after having a patellar tendon rupture?

Is it possible to return to football after having a  patellar tendon rupture?

Possible: Yes i believe it is possible
but rehab would take between 6-12 months
to achieve a full recovery.
Unless one is playing at a competitive
level, i wouldn't recommend a weekend
warrior to return to playing football
after such an injury.
Playing basketball would probably
even be more difficult. ...Read more

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Should i climb up and down stairs after 3 months of a patellar tendon rupture?

Should i climb up and down stairs after 3 months of a patellar tendon rupture?

Listen to body: Maximal healing is reached somewhere between 3-6 months... Your body usually tells you what you can and can't do.... Consider starting small stairs when ready and listen up your body (and your doctor). ...Read more

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Is it possible to return to play ball after a patellar tendon rupture?

Yes: A patellar tendon rupture requires surgery, and rehabilitation. Typical return to sport is at least 6 months, and may take 12 months. ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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29 y.O female. diangosis patella baja following orif for ruptured patellar tendon (hardware placed). Surgery next week. What should I expect post op?

Ask doc: In general the skin takes 10-14 days to heal. The patella tendon portion of the surgery will take 6 weeks for the primary tendon repait o heal during which time you will probably be immobilized fr 2 weeks then braced adnallowed motion (rate limited by your surgeon) ultimatley will start muscle strengthening which may take 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Ruptured patellar tendon repair 8 weeks ago, having cerclage wire removed soon. What is recovery from that 2nd surgery. Am I weight bearing immediate?

Ruptured patellar tendon repair 8 weeks ago, having cerclage wire removed soon.  What is recovery from that 2nd surgery. Am I weight bearing immediate?

Recovery: Is minimal after removal of the wire. Your weightbearing status won't really change based on its removal but rather your surgeon. I would imagine you will be weightbear as tolerated but only your surgeon will know the extent of ur repair ...Read more

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5 weeks post op patella fx and patella tendon rupture. Surgeon doesn't think i'll ever get full rom back, thinks most 90 degrees. Is that functional?

5 weeks post op patella fx and patella tendon rupture. Surgeon doesn't think i'll ever get full rom back, thinks most 90 degrees. Is that functional?

Bad combination : Very hard 2 get rom. At 5 wks ask if well healed so u can really push 4 rom. @ 29 with hard work with a mean pt u should get > 90. U have 2 be dedicated & committed & work very hard @ it even in ur spare time. Stationary bikes r of great help. C if they will let u come on on ur own & use the equipment. If not 3 mo health club membership is worth it. I'll bet u get > 90 if u really work @ it. ...Read more

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Can the patellar tendon ever grow back?

Can the patellar tendon ever grow back?

If it is ruptured---: -no, if immobilized in extension, a fibrous repair is made by the body, but it is loose & there is a severe ext. lag. repaired it will heal well. ...Read more

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What is done for a partial tear in the patellar tendon?

What is done for a partial tear in the patellar tendon?

Cast, brace: A slight partial tear in the tendon can
probably be treated with either
a cast or brace for 6-8 weeks.
A complete or almost complete tear
would require a surgical repair. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of a patellar tendon injury?

What are signs and symptoms of a patellar tendon injury?

Loss of extension: An intact patellar tendon is necessary to full straighten out or extend the knee. With a complete rupture, you will not be able to actively extend your knee against gravity. There may also be a defect which you may be able to feel with your finger where the defect occurred. Partial tears or tendinitis present with pain over the tendon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the patellar tendon and an acl?

What is the difference between the patellar tendon and an acl?

Ones a ligament: The acl is an importan ligament (ligaments connect bone to bone), that restrains anterior or forward translation of the tibia. The patellar tendon is a tendon (tendons connect muscle to bone). They serve very different functions. The central third of the patellar tendon is frequently used to reconstruct a torn acl. ...Read more

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For what reason is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?

For what reason is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?

Good graft source: It is readily available and a strong graft. Most surgeons now use hamstrings instead because of lower morbidity at the harvest site. ...Read more

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What does patellar tendon-lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome mean ?

What does patellar tendon-lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome mean ?

Friction: This refers to friction between your patellar tendon (the part just under your kneecap), and the end of your femur. Misalignment of the patella can be a cause, which is why physical therapy can be very effective, to restore better patellar tracking. Other treatment options include injections, nsaids (i.e. Ibuprofen, aleve), and surgery. ...Read more

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I was kicked by a horse that cut through my patellar tendon 2.5 yrs later and still can't run/walk, what can I do?

I was kicked by a horse that cut through my patellar tendon 2.5 yrs later and still can't run/walk, what can I do?

Orthopaedic referral: You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of knee and specifically extensor mechanism injuries. Any treatment plan will initially evaluate your x-rays (also likely mri), knee motion and strength (focusing on injured extensor mechanism [patellar tendon]) and overall knee stability. Your first step is to obtain a thorough orthopaedic evaluation. ...Read more

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What works best for an ACL repair? Hamstring, patellar tendon or a cadaber

What works best for an ACL repair? Hamstring, patellar tendon or a cadaber

They all work well.: The three types of grafts all are acceptable in acl reconstruction. It really depends on what graft your surgeon is most comfortable using. As well as, whether you want to use your own tendons or if you care about a cadaver. Long term results are excellent using auto or allografts. ...Read more

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Can you fix a partially torn patellar tendon with surgery?

Can you fix a partially torn patellar tendon with surgery?

I would think so: please discuss with an orthopedic. I believe there is an arthroscopic procedure for this ...Read more

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How long is recovery from patellar tendon surgery?

Depends: There are several different types of surgery that can be performed on the patellar tendon- arthroscopic, tendon repair, and tendon realignment to name a few. You will need to discuss specifically with your orthopaedic surgeon. Work with a physical therapist knowledgable about your case to help with your recovery. ...Read more

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Is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?

Is the patellar tendon used in reconstructing the acl?

Yes: The patellar tendon and hamstring tendons are the most common grafts used to reconstruct the acl; it cannot be repaired once torn. Another option is to use an allograft which means a cadaver tissue graft from a deseased person. These are also often patellar tendon or hamstring grafts. The literature is mixed but in general, using your own tissue is more successfull than using an allograft. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could lose weight while recovering from a strained patellar tendon?

Diet: Watch what u eat is the single best thing u can do as well as exercise other parts of ur body ...Read more

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How is a partial tear of the patellar tendon treated? My leg is only comfortable when flexed. Thanks!

How is a partial tear of the patellar tendon treated? My leg is only comfortable when flexed. Thanks!

Ouch: Once you are certain this is a partial patella tendon rupture you need to rest it for a period of time in a brace. See your orthopedic surgeon for additional recommendations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the patellar tendon is damaged in any way during a knee dislocation?

Can you tell me if the patellar tendon is damaged in any way during a knee dislocation?

Usually not: The damage is done 2 the articular cartilages of the lateral femoral condyle ; patella, as well as the medial retinaculum of the knee. B sure u r cing an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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What could cause a patellar tendon tear?

Unfortunately No: No. Patellar tendons, like other tendons in the body, do not regrow. They need to be surgically re-attached or augmented with tendon graft materials in the event of a rupture or injury. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Patellar Tendon Rupture (Definition)

An injury to the connection between the quad tendon and lower leg(tibia). Due to this injury the patient is unable to extend the leg. There is a disconnect in the quadriceps extensor mechanism and the lower leg. ...Read more