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PATELLA TENDON TEAR

WHAT IS A PATELLA TENDON TEAR?
Your patella tendon attaches your knee bone to your shin and helps you straighten your leg. A strong force, such as a fall or jump or twist, can cause your patella tendon to partially or completely tear.

WHAT ARE PATELLA TENDON TEAR SYMPTOMS?
You are likely to experience a tearing sensation and may also hear a “pop” when you tear your patella tendon. Immediately after your injury, you will be in pain and your knee will swell. Other symptoms you should be aware of include:

  • A kneecap indention
  • A shifted kneecap
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Tenderness

An appointment with a Back In Motion specialist should be made as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms. We will diagnose your injury, determine its severity and prescribe a customized treatment plan.

WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Nonsurgical treatment options may be prescribed if you have a partial patella tendon tear. Any of the following may be included in your customized nonsurgical treatment plan:

  • Bracing
  • Immobilization
  • Physical therapy