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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more


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What causes patellar maltracking?

What causes patellar maltracking?

Lots of stuff: It's usually multifactorial. Imbalances in muscles, tight it bands, flat feet or overpronation, wide hips, knock knees, etc. They all work together to contribute to pfs. ...Read more

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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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What causes patellar tendinitis?

What causes patellar tendinitis?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the patella due to overuse or repetitive motion. Overuse injuries respond best with rest, ice and nsaids. Therapy helps with decreasing swelling and pain as well as improving strength and range of motion. Recurring tendinitis could be occurring due to needing to improve running form or perhaps needing orthotics. ...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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What would cause hyper-sensitive patella reflex?

What would cause hyper-sensitive patella reflex?

Several posibilities: Anxiety, an overactive thyroid, medications, an electrolyte imbalance, spinal cord injury, upper motor neuron diseases like ALS or a stroke. Some people just are born with more hyperactive reflexes than the norm. ...Read more

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For post patellar dislocation, can knee supports really support the knee from recurring patellar dislocation?

For post patellar dislocation, can knee supports really support the knee from recurring patellar dislocation?

Patellar dislocation: If you do your rehab and utilize your brace you have a chance for recovery without recurrence, but you are more at risk for redislocation than individual that has not had a dislocation. There are multiple structural factors which come into play. This is something for you to discuss with your orthopedist ...Read more

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Why hyperactive deep tendon reflex occure in hypocalcemia?

Why hyperactive deep tendon reflex occure in hypocalcemia?

Spastic muscles : Muscles get "tetanic" when there isn't enough calcium. They contract more easily because the decreased calcium affects contractility of muscle fibers. ...Read more

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Whats patellar tendonitis?

Whats patellar tendonitis?

Injury pat. tendon: Patellar tendonitis is an inflammation of patellar tendon , an injury that affects the tendon connecting the kneecap to your shinbone. ...Read more

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What is medial patellar plica?

What is  medial patellar plica?

Inflammed tissue.: The plica is a band of tissue that runs along the front/inner side of your knee. It can become inflammed and mimic meniscal tear symptoms. ...Read more

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Can someone explain this.. Moderate patellar chondromalacia w/ prominent cartilage fissuring in the lateral patellar facet?

Cartilage wear: Chrondromalacia means softening of the cartilage that covers the bone. It is a form of cartilage injury or degeneration. Moderate is a grade worse than "mild", but not as significant as "severe". The lateral patellar facet is the outside and back part of the patella. Fissuring means there is a groove-like defect in the cartilage. ...Read more

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Does patellar mal tracting cause arthritis?

Does patellar mal tracting cause arthritis?

It can: You want to try to improve the patella maltracking with either exercises or a brace in certain situations you may need to have a procedure to correct the alignment of the patella which may help prevent arthritic changes from occurring in the future. ...Read more

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What causes patellar subluxations like?

What causes patellar subluxations like?

Valgus knee: That means the knee looks"knocked kneed" also ligamentous laxity need to see an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Acl tear, p.Horn of m.Meniscus tear, early chondromalacia.Nopain during passive extension but pain extending knee for last 15 degrees against gravity?

Acl tear, p.Horn of m.Meniscus tear, early chondromalacia.Nopain during passive extension but pain extending knee for last 15 degrees against gravity?

Uncertain: If you are experiencing these symptoms from recent injury, old injury, post operative repair, or non-surgical physical therapy. Acute acl injuries in your age group are usually treated surgically while the thinking regarding meniscus repair is in flux between surgical and non surgical. Older or post operative symptoms may require different approaches. Call an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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MRI of knee shows "Oblique tear posterior horn medial meniscus, lateral patellar plica and minimal synovial knee effusion" will I need surgery? or ?

MRI of knee shows "Oblique tear posterior horn medial meniscus, lateral patellar plica and minimal synovial knee effusion" will I need surgery? or ?

Possibly: It depends on the degree of tear, how much it is effecting your daily activities and whether it responds to conservative treatment. If the plica does not get better with anti inflammatory meds you will most likely need arthroscopic surgery to remove it, although your orthopedic surgeon will be the best MD to determine that. ...Read more

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Patellar tendon tear. How could that happen?

Patellar tendon tear. How could that happen?

Patellar tendon: Any rupture of a tendon requires surgery or repair. Patellar tendon is pretty strong, it needs enormous amount of force or injury to rupture. ...Read more

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Ankle ext retinaculum torn after fasciotomy & injury in PT. Tib ant bowstringing. How can reconstruct retinaculum w/o causing CS pressure to return?

Ankle ext retinaculum torn after fasciotomy & injury in PT. Tib ant bowstringing. How can reconstruct retinaculum w/o causing CS pressure to return?

Reconstruction?: Plantaris tendon (if you have one) overlay may do the trick as a static wrap between tibialis posterior and Achilles tendons. Talk to your Orthopedist or plastic surgeon at a University setting ...Read more