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  • Writer's pictureChristopher nour

Patella Rupture. Knee caps off to the best treatment

The patella, also known as the kneecap, plays an important role in knee function. It protects the knee joint and helps with movement, such as straightening and bending the knee. However, it can be susceptible to injury, including patella ruptures. A patella rupture occurs when the patella tendon tears, separating the kneecap from the shinbone. This can be a debilitating injury that requires prompt medical attention and may also benefit from physiotherapy.

Patella ruptures typically occur due to a sudden, forceful movement or impact to the knee, such as a fall or landing awkwardly while jumping. Symptoms of a patella rupture may include sudden, severe pain, swelling, and an inability to straighten the knee.

Surgery is typically required to repair a patella rupture, and physiotherapy is often an essential part of the rehabilitation process. Physiotherapy can help an individual regain strength, mobility, and function after a patella rupture.

Initially, the focus of physiotherapy after patella rupture surgery will be on reducing pain and swelling, restoring range of motion, and preventing further complications such as blood clots. Exercises may include gentle knee movements, quadriceps strengthening exercises, and exercises that promote ankle and hip mobility.

As the individual progresses, the physiotherapist will gradually increase the intensity and difficulty of the exercises to further improve strength, mobility, and function. This may involve exercises that specifically target the patella tendon, such as isometric exercises that focus on strengthening the knee extensors.

In addition to exercise therapy, physiotherapy for patella ruptures may also include manual therapy techniques such as massage and stretching to help reduce pain and improve flexibility. Modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation may also be used to promote healing and reduce inflammation.

It is essential to follow the physiotherapist's instructions closely to ensure a successful recovery. While recovery time may vary, individuals may be able to return to normal activities, including sports, in six months to a year after surgery and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process after a patella rupture. Through a combination of exercise therapy, manual therapy, and modalities, individuals can regain strength, mobility, and function and return to their desired activities.

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