A patella fracture is a break in the round bone that covers the front of the knee, also known as the kneecap. Orthopedists at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital specialize in caring for people with a fractured patella and are national leaders in research to determine the most effective management of this condition. Our experts use advanced imaging tests to identify the type of fracture that has occurred. Based on the results, doctors tailor medical or surgical treatment to optimize recovery and help you return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.
Patella fractures are frequently caused by falls or other accidents and may require reconstructive surgery followed by rehabilitative physical therapy. Physical therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation specialize in helping people of all ages regain strength and mobility after a knee injury. After you’ve recovered, our doctors can assist you in making simple lifestyle changes that can help to prevent another fracture.
Patella fractures may require surgery to ensure a full recovery and prevent further damage to the knee. However, our doctors first explore nonsurgical alternatives whenever possible.
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