Patellar tendon rupture - Knee Injuries

The patella tendon joins the kneecap (patella) to the tibia. A patellar tendon rupture is generally fairly uncommon; however, it may be more common in athletes, especially those who participate in jumping events. Patellar tendon ruptures are more common in people who suffer from patellar tendinopathy.

Causes of patellar tendon ruptures

Most cases of patellar tendon ruptures are associated with overuse; other causes may involve landing heavily or awkwardly.

Symptoms of patellar tendon ruptures

Ruptures usually cause severe pain, which may be accompanied by a popping noise. Other symptoms include swelling and a restricted range of movement.

Treating patellar tendon ruptures

In many cases, where the tendon has been completely torn, surgery will be required to repair the tendon. Initially, treatment may also include ice packs, anti-inflammatory medication and rest. Pain relief may also be prescribed. Physiotherapy may also be beneficial; this will gradually strengthen the tendon and surrounding muscles and increase the range of movement around the joint.

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