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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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Can the patella become out of place?

Yes: The patella can dislocate or sublux out of its proper tracking. ...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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What's the best way to treat patella injuries?

What's 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
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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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How to treat a damaged patella?

Depends: A fractured patella is frequently treated with surgical fixation. An unstable or dislocating patella can be treated with a brace the first time but may also require surgery with recurrence. Cartilage damage or patella arthritis is usually treated with an exercise program of quad strength and hamstring stretching. Resurfacing is reserved for terrible cases or older patients. ...Read more

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What connects the patella to the tibia?

A tendon called the: Patellar Tendon. Some also call it the Patellar Ligament. ...Read more

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How long for a broken patella to heal?

How long for a broken patella to heal?

Healing is different: Healing is different in petella, is sesmoid bone buried in a tendon, unlike normal bone heals by fibrosis which takes longer time, some need surgical removal of smaller fragment. Speak to your orthopedic surgeon, also possible you may have other associated injuries to the ligaments of knee ...Read more

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Why does my patella make crunching sounds?

Arthritis: Usually a form of arthritis known as chondromalacea patella-cmp. Rough surface on the undersurface of the knee cap and the groove it glides in. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a broken patella?

Fracture: It generally takes 6 to 10 weeks to heal a patella fracture. Certainly the severity of the injury and how it is treated will influence healing time. Some patella fractures are treated with surgery and some are not. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

Usually dramatic: This is typically a painful, traumatic and debilitating injury. Initial symptoms would be pain in the front of the knee, diffuse swelling around the knee, and difficulty straightening the knee without assistance. Often the leg feels powerless and as if you are dragging it, because the powerful quad muscle in your thigh is no longer connected to the lower leg (tibia). Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How long to recover from a severed patella tendon?

How long to recover from a severed patella tendon?

3 months: Assuming that it has been repaired with surgery, you are looking at 3+ months of protected knee motion to allow for the repair to heal. ...Read more

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Above my patella is swollen... What does that mean?

It depends....: There is an area above your knee called the pre-patella bursa. This can become swollen for a variety of reasons including trauma, overuse, and some forms of arthritis. Rest, ice, elevation, and compression of the area should help as well as taking something like Alieve or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

Can't extend knee: If your patella tendon is completely torn, you can't actively straighten out your knee. Because your patella tendon connects your thigh muscle and patella to your shin bone (tibia). If its partially torn you have weakness with knee extension, difficulty with stair climbing and anterior knee pain. ...Read more

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My question is what causes swelling above the patella?

My question is what causes swelling above the patella?

Several things....: 'swelling above the patella' needs to be seen by an ors. A true effusion or hemarthrosis will cause supra patellar swelling (intraarticular).Meniscus tears, arthritis are common causes. Traumatic causes (injuries) include acl tears and patellar dislocations... Many other conditions (gout, for example) can cause large knee effusions. See a board certified ors. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take a patella to heal after surgery?

6 wks: Without knowing what you had done it is hard to say for sure. Did you have a broken patella repaired? If so roughly 6 weeks for bone the heal then maybe another 6 or so weeks of therapy. ...Read more

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Patella realignment surgery, do you think it is worth it?

Definitely, yes: However, in many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Does being overweight have an impact on a subluxing patella?

Yes.: Losing weight puts less force across your joints. Some studies suggest that for every pound you weigh you put 12-20 pound across you knee joint. So if you weigh 200 pounds you are putting 2400-4000 pounds across that kneecap every time you step. ...Read more

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9 weeks after chondrsplasty of the patella should I still be having pain and swelling?

9 weeks after chondrsplasty of the patella should I still be having pain and swelling?

Not normal: If you have not seen your doc in a while go back to make sure you don't have an infection. How bad was pain before surgery? Is it better now? ...Read more

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Is it typical for 40-50 year olds to have level 3 chrondomalicia patella?  what can be done for this?

Is it typical for 40-50 year olds to have level 3 chrondomalicia patella?  what can be done for this?

Yes.: Unfortunately, chondromalicia is common. The cornerstone of its treatment is non-operative measures to include avoiding exacerbating activities (eg stairs, hills, squatting), nsaid's, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice, open patellar sleeves/braces, quad strengthening exercises (either at home or with pt), etc. If you have tried those things and are still having pain, there are surgical options. If so, see an ortho doc. ...Read more

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What does medial facet of the patella were some chondral changes of the medial parapatellar region mean?

What does medial facet of the patella were some chondral changes of the medial parapatellar region mean?

Early wear: The knee cap (patella) has 3 parts. The medial and lateral facets and the median ridge. Changes in the articular surface indicate wear changes. ...Read more