What is Kneecap Trauma?
The kneecap (patella) is a thick, irregularly oval shaped bone that is secured to the thigh bone by the quadriceps muscle, and to the shin bone by the patellar tendon. Kneecap injuries often occur as a result of a direct impact to the kneecap area, or with repetitive less severe trauma such as with spinning or jumping athletes. These injuries can be both painful and disabling.
If you have experienced some level of knee injury, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Marks has the background to effectively diagnose and treat the area.
Symptoms of Kneecap Trauma
Kneecap trauma can be caused by a number of factors such as an impact or direct blow to the knee, motor vehicle accident, abnormal twisting at the knee, or even falling down squarely on the knee. Pain may be delayed by hours or days; or, in the case of athletes, gradually increase over weeks or months. In other cases, pain, swelling and bruising can develop around the injury. In extreme cases, blood vessels or nerves can be damaged causing numbness, weakness or cold tingling sensations in the knee or lower leg. Trauma that causes knee dislocation requires immediate medical care.
Treating Knee Injuries
Treating a kneecap injury takes experience. Whether it is trauma to the kneecap or a meniscus tear, Dr. Richard Marks uses the latest medical advances to diagnose and treat the injury. Following a proper evaluation of your specific knee pain, Dr. Marks will carefully explain the best surgical route to help bring about proper healing and recovery.
Schedule Your Appointment
To schedule an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon regarding kneecap trauma, please contact our Richardson clinic online or call 972-231-7100.