What is a Patella Tendon Tear?
The patella or kneecap is a small bone that protects the knee. The patella tendon connects the patella to the tibia (shin bone). The patella tendon may partially or completely tear. A strong force delivered from a fall or jump is the cause of a patella tendon tear. Tears usually occur during sports or physical activities. The following are common symptoms:
- Difficulty walking
- A visible indention
An audible snap may be heard when the tendon tears. Tendon tears require medical attention as soon as possible. Fellowship trained and board-certified Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey specialists accurately diagnose patella tendon tears. A physical examination, x-ray, and MRI are used. Findings reveal the severity of the injury. A customized treatment plan relieves symptoms and heals the tendon.
How is a Patella Tendon Tear Treated?
Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat partial patella tendons tears. The following are included in an OIOCJ specialist’s treatment plan:
- RICE. Rice, ice, compression, and elevation decrease swelling and pain.
- Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease inflammation.
- Immobilization. Crutches and a knee immobilizer brace take the weight off the knee.
- Physical therapy. Exercises strengthen the tendon and knee.
Surgical intervention is usually recommended for complete tears. OIOCJ specialists have mastered patella tendon repair techniques. During a procedure, the specialist drills small holes in the patella and uses sutures to repair the tendon and connect it to the bone. Physical therapy is prescribed after surgery. Stretching and strengthening exercises are prescribed by an OIOCJ approved physical therapist. Patients fully recover and return to normal activities. To schedule your appointment with an OIOCJ specialist, call 732-276-4334 or visit our contact page.