The patellar tendon connects the kneecap to the leg. Sports that involve running or jumping, certain medical conditions or steroid use can cause the tendon to tear. Small partial tears may heal with non-surgical treatment; however, most patellar tendon tears require surgery followed by physical therapy rehabilitation.
Patellar Tendon Tear Symptoms
You may have a popping sensation when the patellar tendon tears, followed by pain and swelling. Your kneecap may appear higher than usual. Other symptoms of a patellar tendon tear include:
- Knee Bruising
- Knee Cramping
- Knee Buckling
- Difficulty Walking
- Inability to Straighten the Knee