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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Overview)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known as the knee cap.


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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

Dr. John Michalski
667 doctors shared insights

Patella (Overview)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known as the knee cap.


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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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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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Why do people get cysts under there patellas?

Chondromalacia: Pain or damage under the patella is usually related to a condition called chondromalacia. Chondromalacia describes a degeneration of the cushion beneath the kneecap. ...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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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

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What happens if you suffered from a luxating patella what wrong with you?

Train quadriceps m: The patella subluxes laterally (to the outside) when the patellar groove is shallow or if the Q angle is high. The Q angle is the angle formed by the thigh muscle , the patella and the patellar tendon. Concervative therapy consist of terminal knee extension exercises. If that does not work, surgical lateral release is great. As a last resort the patellar tendon attachment can be transferred medial ...Read more

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Questions I should ask os on upcoming initial appt s/p patella fx on 11/27/13. Any and all advice greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Patella fx: Get a xray and ask how bone is healing. Its early in the healing but ask when you can move your knee and what type of exercises you can do. It takes about 6 weeks for the fracture to heal so there may not be much to do until that time. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and risk of floating patellas?

What are the symptoms and risk of floating patellas?

Patellar pain.: Unstable patellae could give you pain around the kneecaps. It can also give you a sense of instability, or it feels like the knee is "giving out" on you. See a sports medicine specialist, who will probably recommend physical therapy. ...Read more

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What is patella plica syndrome?

Inflammed tissue.: It is a n inflammation of the band of tissue called the plica.It runs along the front/inner side of your knee, and can mimic minicscal tear symptoms. ...Read more

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