Patella

What is Patella?

The large sesamoid bone, in the combined tendon of the quadriceps femoris, covering the anterior surface of the knee.

Questions and answers on "Patella"

Hi, again, Dr. XXXXXXX Regarding patella maltracking and instability, how common or likely is it for such a condition to be able resolve itself on its own, with no special treatment, even given the problem of tightened muscles and tendons?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Description below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.

Sorry for late reply. In most of the cases patella maltracking and instability can be resolved by conservative treatment like physiotherapy, stretching exercises, knee support by brace.

I do hope that you have found...

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I had a fall on an icy driveway this morning and hit my knee straight-on. It's very tender and sore, and it has swelled, though I placed an icepack on it this morning (4 hours ago). Any advice going forward?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Ice elevate and rest

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for contacting HCM with your health care concern.

I am sorry to hear that you injured yourself this morning. You describe a slip and fall direct onto the knee. You immediately stopped and placed ice on the knee but it has swollen. This is...

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I twisted my knee 2 weeks ago. The inside of my knee is swollen still. The patella seems to be slipping.
My calf "falls asleep" when I sit down. There is also that stupid "electric volt" sensation. I know 2 weeks is not long in ortho but I don't know if I should get this looked at.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
probably knee contusion with effusion

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.
Yes, it is not long for osteoarticular injuries especially in knees where there is longer period of recovery even up to 6 weeks.
But in your case there may be effusion into knee joint and it should be punctured...

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I started physical therapy two weeks ago. I had my patella surgically put back together with wires and had rested it for 6 weeks. I seem to always be at 30 degrees which is frustrataing because I am really trying hard. Is this normal? or.. do you think I will end up being a candidate to have the scar tissue surgically removed? doc mentioned that the hardware will have to come out eventually soon. I am wondering if it will be two seperate procedures and from your experience how soon is it possible to do either one of those procedures?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Case of complicated patellar fracture

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

As I can see you have been operated for patellar fracture and undergoing sessions of PT.
the hardware, screws and wire will need to be removed minimum 1.5 to 2 years later. As the bone gets time to...

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can patellar maltracking and chrondromalecia cause calf cramp like feelings?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
It can cause cramps during activity.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Chondromalacia patella and patellar maltracking is usually associated with pain during motion. It can cause a cramp like feeling also during motion. Usually there is no pain at rest.
You can...

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I've had left knee problems for about 5 years now. I've finally had a left knee scope for chrondromalacia patella. Once my old surgeon went in they removed a rather lage plica band and found early stages of arithritis, cleaned up the inflammation. However, even after 8.5 months after the surgery I still experience knee pain(granted not as bad as before). Will I eventually need another scope? Should it just be monitored?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Start doing quadriceps exercises regularly

Detailed Answer:
Hi , I am Dr Gopal Goel, Orthopedic Surgeon.
You have Chondromalacia Patella , that is a early stage of Osteoarthrosis.
The treatment of this condition primarily consists of regular quadriceps strengthening exercises to...

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this am noticed sl.pain just below patella took 2 motrin. hx of walking,go to gym,use the ellipse and taking golf lessons

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to prepatellar bursitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Your problem can be due to prepatellar bursitis.
Do you have any swelling in the area?
Is it just below patella and centre?
Or on sides on lateral or medial sides?
Any...

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I have received the following MRI scan and am in a lot of pain. Physio has not worked so is there an operation to resolve this problem? I am 55 years old male.I HAVE A BIPARTITE PATELLA WITH SOME BONE MARROW OEDEMA SEEN IN BOTH PARTS WITH SOME DEGENERATIVE CHANGES BETWEEN THE 2 BONE FRAGMENTS. IN ADDITION THERE IS SUB CHONDRIAL CYSTIC CHANGE IS SEEN WITHIN THE LATERAL FACET OF THE PATELLA WITH LOSS OF ARTICULATE CARTILAGE SEEN AT THE JUNCTION OF THE MEDIAL AND LATERAL FACETS OF THE PATELLA.THERE IS ALSO DEFICIENCY WITHIN THE MEDIAL FACETS ARTICULAR CARTILAGE.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Operative treatment is patellectomy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query including MRI report and understand your concern. You are having patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Its medical Treatment is glucosamine and Diacerine. Analgesic such as...

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Hello, I've been experiencing knee clicking for a month now every time i walk up the stairs. there is no pain or tenderness whatsoever. I noticed that if i hold the patella in place with my hand and go up the stairs it doesn't click. what does that mean?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be due to decreased joint lubricants.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The clicking is due to the sound of patella striking the bone surface. This can happen due to minor decrease in joint lubricants or a capsular inflammation. If it is not associated with...

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My grandfather of 79 years, had an accident followed by right patella separation almost 1 and a half month ago, was under medication and physiotherapy. Few days ago, after fresh X-ray, attending doctor diagnosed patella stiffness. My grandfather is now afraid of walking due to weakness in the leg. he is diabetic, had cerebral atrophy and was under treatment as well. Will he be able to walk normally again ? or is there any further treatment required?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Physiotherapy will be helpful.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. He has got probably patella fracture and now developed stiffness of knee joint. Now its treatment is mobilisation excercises of...

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Recent questions on  Patella

doctor1 MD

I have been having knee pain since yesterday morning. My right knee hurts inside and below the kneecap. There is slight swelling and there is also tenderness. I have trouble walking at times and other times it doesn t hurt. I would like to know when or if I should visit a doctor.

doctor1 MD

i have patello femoral osteophyte formation is present with minimal changes at the posterior aspects of the patellae which may represent osteo chondromalacia, I have lot of pain on top of my patella, I can t go up stairs and up to a chair, I am 51 years old, should I do for a surgery to it fixed?

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When I stand on my left leg a sharp pain ( feels like a stick is lodge in my calf )It hurts to touch my knee cap on the right, left and underneath.Moderate swelling the knee cap area. Popping noises from the right side of the knee. Warm to the touch. Please share your thoughts.

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I was bending my knee to kneel down and heard/felt a pop in my left knee, sort of like cracking knuckles. No pain for about 10 minutes but then swelling started. Now it hurts to bend or straighten the knee. Once bent or straight there is no pain, and it does not hurt when bearing weight. Pain seems to be just to the outside of the kneecap in a very small area.

doctor1 MD

When I kneel down I feel a sharp pain . When I put pressure on my knee to close a drawer with it it caused a sharp pain which persisted throughout the day and I couldnt walk properly and had trouble bending it. It feels awkward whenever I...

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Hi, I have been having knee pain with minor swelling near my medial meniscus/ patella . I can feel a few bumps in there that are sore. What could this be?

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busted patellar what are the side effects of removing the knee cap--short term and long term?

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