Patellar Tendon Tear – Frisco, TX
The knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide complete treatment for a broad spectrum of orthopedic conditions. They specialize in treating Patellar Tendon Tear to help patients find relief from pain and regain knee mobility.

Patellar Tendon Tear

Tendons are strong fibrous tissues that hold the muscles and bones together. The patellar tendon in the knee joint connects the knee cap (patella) to the shin bone. This tendon, in association with the quadriceps tendon and muscles, enables the extensive movement of the leg. Rupturing of this tendon is medically referred to as the Patellar Tendon Tear. The condition can be classified as follows:

  • Partial Tear- The tendon becomes slightly ruptured and loose due to over stretching
  • Complete Tear- The tendon is completely ruptured and separated from the patellar bone. In some cases, a piece of bone may also get detached from the joint

Causes Of Patellar Tendon Tear

  • Sports injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Weakening of tendons or ligaments due to ageing
  • Excessive jumping
  • Overuse injuries
  • A direct fall on the knee
  • Medical conditions such as kidney failure or Diabetes

Symptoms Of Patellar Tendon Tear

  • A popping sound at the time of injury
  • Pain which can be excessive
  • Inability to move or bear body weight
  • Tenderness and swelling at the bottom of the joint
  • Difficulty in straightening the knee joint
  • Redness

Diagnosis Of Patellar Tendon Tear

  • Detailed clinical examination of the injured leg
  • Analysis of the mode and time of injury
  • Check for previous record of injuries
  • X-ray imaging to check bone damage
  • MRI scan may reveal soft tissue damage and extent of injury

Treatment For Patellar Tendon Tear

The non-surgical methods of treatment may include

  • Providing sufficient rest to the injured leg and avoiding weight bearing may promote healing
  • Application of ice packs at regular intervals
  • Soft bandage may be used for compression
  • Keeping the leg elevated at chest level
  • Prescription of anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve pain

Surgical intervention may be required in case of complete tear or if the tendon becomes lose. Following procedures may be recommended:

  • Tendon repair –The surgeon may make an incision in the front part of the knee and stitch the tendon back to the bone.
  • Tissue grafting may be done in some cases to add length to the damaged tendon and reattach it to the knee bone
  • Knee brace may be worn for a specified period of time to support the joint and promote healing
  • Physical therapy may be required to regain flexibility and strengthen the quadriceps muscles after the surgery

For complete treatment of Patellar Tendon Tear, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, call at (214) 618 - 5502.