Patellar Tendon Tear
Partial tendon tears usually occur in the middle of the tendon, because of patellar tendonitis, chronic disease, or steroid use. Weak or inflamed tendons are more likely to tear. Patella tendon tears happen more often in middle-aged people.
• Knee Bruising
• Knee Cramping
• Knee Buckling
• Difficulty Walking
• Inability to Straighten the Knee
To begin, the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision over the kneecap. The patellar tendon is reattached to the kneecap with sutures or surgical hardware. The surgeon carefully checks the kneecap position and tendon tension.
As you heal, physical therapists will teach you strengthening exercises. You will gradually be able to bend your knee, per your doctor's instructions. Complete recovery can take 6 to 12 months, depending on the extent of injury and surgery.
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