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I bruised my patellar tendon in my knee, and I was wondering if I need crutches, and if I can still be working out on it.?

I bruised my patellar tendon in my knee, and I was wondering if I need crutches, and if I can still be working out on it.?

Depends: It really depends on the extent of the injury. If it is just a bruise and seems to be already getting better after a week or so, you will likely be ok. However, if it is not getting better it could be more serious and you should see a doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

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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What to do to healing a high grade proximal patella tendon parcial tear without surgery?

What to do to healing a high grade proximal patella tendon parcial tear without surgery?

Typically immobiliza: Tion and rest will assist in the healing of a patellar tendon tear. It is critical to not continue to perform activity that might fully rupture the tendon. I treat my patients in a knee immobilizer for 4 weeks crutches as needed, nsaids and then gentle pt out to 8 weeks from injury. ...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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What should I do to rehab my torn patella tendon?

What should I do to rehab my torn patella tendon?

Was it repaired?: If you already have had it surgically repaired, then you have been assigned an orthopedist, whose advice, obviously you should follow. If it was not a full tear, and was not treated surgically, and it is a guessing game as to how much you can do with it. Rehab, per se, won't help your chances of further tear. It is inherent to the injury itself and your own situation, your ultimate success. ...Read more

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My leg has a very loud click when I bend.... near my patella tendon area? What can this be?

My leg has a very loud click when I bend.... near my patella tendon area? What can this be?

Only a hands on-: -xam & images can give U an answer. C an orthopedist & have it evaluated. It certainly is not an emergency, so call & make an appointment. Usually a sub patellar chondral lesion, such as chondromalacia (sp), or a chondral flap that can B addressed by arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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If you have cortisone in your patella tendon 14yrs ago and now have pain in that area when you go up/down stairs should I be worried?

If you have cortisone in your patella tendon 14yrs ago and now have pain in that area when you go up/down stairs should I be worried?

Be seen: I hope that you are mistaken about your assessment. Injection of steroids like cortisone into a tendon will invariably make them fail. Hopefully, it was injected around or behind it. That said, you need to see your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have patella tendonitis have been told it could take up to a year to come right as 14yr injury is this true have exercises to stregnthen tendon.

I have patella tendonitis have been told it could take up to a year to come right as 14yr injury is this true have exercises to stregnthen tendon.

Probably: The age of the injury, and your age means there's been a long time to build up scar tissue. Which you are now going to try to remodel with exercises and good care. Look at it this way...It's only taking 7% as much time to fix the injury as it did to get to where you are now! Be patient and persistent with your exercise and working with your practitioners. ...Read more

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Which is more serious injury: a torn patella tendon or a torn acl?

Which is more serious injury: a torn patella tendon or a torn acl?

Both.: They are both serious injuries. A torn patellar tendon results in a knee that doesn't function. An ACL tear results in an unstable knee, that can give out on you. The patellar tendon always requires surgical repair. The ACL usually requires surgical repair. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce pain in my knee because of my patella tendon train?

What can I do to reduce pain in my knee because of my patella tendon train?

The short way to the: Find out cause for the pattelar tendon pain. Stretching exercise for the knee no long hours of walking or sitting in one position and the use anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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It hurts for me to kneel 3 months after patella tendon ACL reconstruction, what's going one?

It hurts for me to kneel 3 months after patella tendon ACL reconstruction, what's going one?

Common problem: Anterior (front) knee pain is very common after an acl reconstruction, especially after a patellar tendon autograft. Kneeling may always be a problem. Keep doing your rehab. I would expect some improvement with time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your knee cap to float back off-center years after having a lateral release procedure on the patella tendon?

Is it normal for your knee cap to float back off-center years after having a lateral release procedure on the patella tendon?

Not unusual: A few possibilities:
maybe the release wasn't complete enough to cure the problem
maybe you need to build up your quads especially on the medial side
maybe you've gained weight and that has made matters worse
How about an exam to get a good evaluation? ...Read more

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Had ruptered patella tendon surgery, was stuck at 78 degrees had manipulation quads won't let me get past 105 any suggestions?

Next step harder: The next step may be more difficult. The knee can be stiff from scar either within or outside the knee. As your quadriceps was not the the focus of the injury, it may not be the major portion of the remaining problem.

The repair may have had to be done in a way that shortened the tissue available or there may be scar behind the repaired tendon.

A surgery to remove scar may help some. ...Read more

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I have a bone spur on top of the patella? I know it will have to be removed, but I am worried about the patella tendon. How is this surgery performed?

I have a bone spur on top of the patella? I know it will have to be removed, but I am worried about the patella tendon. How is this surgery performed?

Do not worry: A bone spur on top of the patella is a sign of chronic inflammation of the quadriceps tendon and may be seen in patients that sustain a quadriceps tendon rupture--most often men in their 40s and 50s. Most bone spurs rarely involve the joint and their presence alone does not warrant surgery.
With physical activity, proper warm up and a cool down period that includes gentle stretching can help. ...Read more

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What's a high grade partial tear of patella tendon?

What's a high grade partial tear of patella tendon?

Be seen: The patellar tendon connects the knee cap to the tibia. Without your patella tendon, you can not straighten your knee and it would be difficult to walk. A partial tear means it is not completely torn, but a high grade means it is pretty close to a complete tear. It is probably going to need to be fixed or you may have a poor outcome. Thank you. ...Read more

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Pain on base of patella (not the tendon). What can cause this?

Tendonitis usually: The attachment of the tendons or ligaments to bone can get inflamed - insertional tendonitis, assuming no fractures on xrays. Usually this results from somewhat tight quadriceps (thigh muscles), and a course of stretching with antiinflammatories helps. If this is not an isolated site of the inflammation, with other places in the body inflamed as well, a rheumatological workup would be in order. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from an injured patella tendon?

How long will it take to recover from an injured patella tendon?

It depend: The injury could be due to fracture of the pattela ths could take about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing occasional pinches/ sharp pain in &around my patella tendon. The pain lasts for a second or two then goes away.

I'm experiencing occasional pinches/ sharp pain in &around my patella tendon. The pain lasts for a second or two then goes away.

I think you certain-: Ly have the it band issue.
You probably need therapy for stretching exercises, maybe us would also help. These and the pain meds you are taking should resolve the problem. The natural history of such an issue is that they do resolve over a period of time (maybe 3-5 yrs) or longer.
Do see your orhopod to exclude any other associated condition in the knee.
Good luck.0. ...Read more

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What could cause patella tendon pain in a knee replacement?

Tendonitis: Versus patellar implant loosening or improper alignment. Try ice, rest, range of motion exercise. If pain continues then get orthopaedic eval. ...Read more

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What occurs if I stuck a surgical needle in my patella tendon for tendonitis?

What occurs if I stuck a surgical needle in my patella tendon for tendonitis?

Nothing good!!: That would not be recommended as you'll achieve nothing good but can introduce infection into your knee joint. Please don't do it. The tendonitis is an inflammatory condition and not an infection, but you might convert it into infected knee joint. ...Read more

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I had patella tendon repair 8 weeks ago and the knee Is warm to touch I can bend 60-70 degrees?

To some degree: Some degree of inflammation and subsequent increased warmth is normal after a patellar tendon repair, but if it starts feeling red, hot, or associated with a lot of swelling or discharge it could be s sign of infection and you would need to make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more

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Does a patella strap help heal patella tendonitis by not moving tendon as much or should I only wear during exercise?

Does a patella strap help heal patella tendonitis by not moving tendon as much or should I only wear during exercise?

Patellar strap: The strap aids patellar alignment, helping the kneecap to move smoothly and reduce tendon strain. It reduces symptoms during exercise but does not promote healing so is not necessary to wear if not exercising. ...Read more

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Hi I had patella tendon repair 8 weeks ago and I'm now bending my knee to 60-70 degrees, but my knee is warm to touch. Is this normal?

Hi I had patella tendon repair 8 weeks ago and I'm now bending my knee to 60-70 degrees, but my knee is warm to touch. Is this normal?

To some degree: Some degree of inflammation and subsequent increased warmth is normal after a patellar tendon repair, but if it starts feeling red, hot, or associated with a lot of swelling or discharge it could be s sign of infection and you would need to make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more

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Is it possible to dislodge a reconstructed ACL via patella tendon by over rotation or excessively pivoting the foot? Post ACL recon. 1 week after

Is it possible to dislodge a reconstructed ACL via patella tendon by over rotation or excessively pivoting the foot? Post ACL recon. 1 week after

Possible: If there's been any injury to a recently reconstructed acl, I recommend you see your surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I first tore my patella tendon 14yrs ago now when I run or walk up/down hill/stairs its painful I had cortisone when I first did it it hurts wen walk.

Knee pain: Since I assume you you have not had pain until recently it might not be fully related to your injury. It is not unusual to have anterior knee pain. It is one of the most common complaints orthopedist see. At this point I would try hamstring, quadriceps, and iliotibial band stretching exercises. Mild anti-inflammatories and ice after activities. If this doesn't help I would go see a physician. ...Read more

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I had a mri of (L) Knee and it shows patella alta and possibility of patellar tendon disruption and 11mm area signal patellar apex. What does it mean.

Description: Sounds like a patellar tendon tear. An orthopedic surgeon can give you guidance about the results of the study and any further treatment. ...Read more

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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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Is the patella tendon the same as the knee joint or are they different?

Is the patella tendon the same as the knee joint or are they different?

Different: The patellar tendon is a band of flexible fibrous tissue that attaches the lower part of your knee cap ("patella") to the top front of your tibia, the leg bone just below your knee. The knee joint is behind the patella and is where the tibia and the femur (thigh bone) come together in a kind of a hinge. ...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?

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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Had fluid drained 7 weeks after patella femoral replacement now my patella has extreme pain when I lift my knee in a bent position. Is my tendon torn?

Had fluid drained 7 weeks after patella femoral replacement now my patella has extreme pain when I lift my knee in a bent position. Is my tendon torn?

Lifting Ur knee-: -while bent does no use your quads & therefore does not test the quad tendon or the patellar. Inability 2 straighten your knee at all would mean a deficiency. Just initiating knee extension you can easily feel the patellar tendon. Same with the quad tendon. Don't do more than your surgeon allows, but just the initiation of ext should be okay. ...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


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