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What are the treatments for patellar tendon tear?

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The patellar tendon starts in your thigh muscles, wraps around your kneecap, and connects to the top of your shinbone. If you completely tear the tendon above the kneecap (the quadriceps tendon) or below it (the patellar tendon), you won’t be able to straighten your knee.

  • Small tears. For small tears, you typically wear a brace and have crutches for 3 to 6 weeks. The brace keeps your knee straight while your tendon heals. You’ll also get physical therapy to help with leg strength and range of motion.
  • Large tears. Most people need surgery for a large patellar tendon tear. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for the tendon to heal after surgery, but it can take up to a year for a full recovery.

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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