What is the treatment for a patellar tendon injury?
Dr. Patel will consider the patient’s age, activity level, medical history, and desired recovery outcomes when designing an appropriate treatment plan.
Non-surgical therapies can provide sufficient relief for patients that do not experience any knee instability as a result of the patellar tendon injury. A knee brace or other joint immobilization device can provide protection and stability to the knee joint during the healing process. A combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) is encouraged for managing pain and inflammation. Once the pain and inflammation subside, participation in a physical rehabilitation program aimed at restoring knee function is also highly recommended.
Although non-surgical therapies may provide substantial relief, surgical reconstruction is the best treatment option to properly correct a patellar tendon injury. Dr. Patel accomplishes this repair through a minimally invasive procedure with a small camera (arthroscope) and specialized surgical instruments. The damaged fragments of the patellar tendon are excised and the remaining tissue is anchored back to the bone. A tendon graft may be implemented in the event of tendon retraction from a long period of time between the injury and surgical repair. This tendon graft is harvested either from the patient (autograft) or donor tissue (allograft) and is used to lengthen or replace the retracted tendon.