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Patellar Tendon Rupture

The patellar tendon is attached to the kneecap (patella) and the shinbone (tibia) and works with the quadriceps muscle so we can straighten our knee. A rupture in the patellar tendon happens when the tendon is completely torn and separated from the kneecap. This type of injury is usually the result of a fall or during the landing from a jump.

Patellar Tendon Rupture: What You Need to Know

  • Symptoms of a patellar tendon rupture may include pain, difficulty walking, tenderness and the inability to actively straighten the leg.
  • Diagnosing a patellar tendon rupture requires a physical exam and may also include an X-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Individuals diagnosed with a patellar tendon rupture should see an orthopaedic surgeon for treatment as soon as possible.
  • Treatment for a patellar tendon rupture varies depending on the severity of the injury and the individual’s medical history, health status and activity level, but most people require surgery to reattach the tendon to the kneecap.

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