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Patella Tendon Rupture

What Is a Patella Tendon Rupture?

The patella tendon connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone). It helps us move and straighten our knee throughout the day.

A rupture to the patella tendon often occurs when the tendon is separated from the tibia by a tear. This can happen from a fall or landing from a jump.


Symptoms of patella tendon rupture include:

  • Intense, sudden pain below the kneecap
  • Pain and difficulty walking
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to straighten the knee
  • A divot felt below the kneecap or kneecap sitting higher

Treatment Options

A ruptured tendon requires immediate attention. Initial treatment will require use of crutches and a knee immobilizer or brace to protect the knee and prevent further damage.

Tears to the patella tendon often need surgery. Temple Health offers the latest advances in surgery. Your surgeon will discuss your treatment goals and injury to identify the right surgical approach for you.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of a patella tendon rupture, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat patella tendon ruptures.