What is a patellar tendon injury?
The patellar tendon anchors the patella (kneecap) in place by attaching to the bottom of the patella and the tibial tubercle, a bony prominence near the top of the tibia (shin bone). The patellar tendon functions to straighten the leg with the help of the quadriceps tendon and quadriceps muscle. This tendon can become injured or inflamed generating patellar tendon pain. An injury to the patellar tendon can occur from a traumatic event, patella dislocation, or a sports-related incident causing the tendon to become partially or completely torn. Tendon inflammation seen in patellar tendinitis typically occurs from repetitively jumping onto a hard surface. If this acute inflammatory condition is left untreated, it can further develop into tendinosis, a condition characterized by chronic inflammation and is difficult to treat.
What is the treatment for a patellar tendon injury?
Non-operative therapies, such as joint immobilization and a rehabilitation program, can provide significant relief in patients without knee instability from a partial patellar tendon tear. However, the proper repair of a patellar tendon injury is accomplished through surgical reconstruction. A minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure aims to restore stability to the knee joint. Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel, orthopedic knee doctor, treats patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area, who have experienced a patellar tendon injury and are in need of surgical repair or reconstruction.