Patellar tendon tears can happen for many reasons and affect many different people. It can occur from chronic overuse or may arise from sudden traumatic incidents. It can be the result of accidents around the home. Often, athletes suffer from this painful condition that can prevent them from participating in athletic competitions or doing the sport they love. While painful, it’s possible to restore range of motion and strengthen the knee, that is, with the right orthopedic surgeon like those at Advanced Orthopedics in Denver, Parker, or Aurora, Colorado.
The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body, comprised of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that work together to provide stability, support, and movement. Not surprisingly, the knee is susceptible to injury because of the many roles it plays. The patellar tendon attaches the bottom of the kneecap (patella) to the top of the shinbone (tibia). The patella is attached to the quadriceps muscles by the quadriceps tendon. Working together, the quadriceps muscles, quadriceps tendon, and patellar tendon straighten the knee.