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Medicine For 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carefully: Check it out with an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
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
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
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
I would think so: please discuss with an orthopedic. I believe there is an arthroscopic procedure for this ...Read more
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
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
Diet: Watch what u eat is the single best thing u can do as well as exercise other parts of ur body ...Read more
How is a partial tear of the patellar tendon treated? My leg is only comfortable when flexed. Thanks!
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