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Patella Fracture

Your kneecap, or patella, connects muscles in your thigh (femur) to your shinbone (tibia). Located at the front of the knee, the patella acts like a shield protecting the knee joint and giving it strength to extend the leg. A patella fracture is a break in the kneecap. It usually results from a fall or a direct blow to the knee.

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Patella Dislocation

Your kneecap, or patella, connects muscles in your thigh (femur) to your shinbone (tibia). When your knee bends, it slides along a groove (femoral groove) at the end of your thigh bone. Patella instability is a condition that occurs when the kneecap comes out of this groove. When this happens, it can result in pain, difficulty walking, and other problems. When the kneecap comes out of the groove a little, but not completely, it is called subluxated. When it moves completely out of the groove, it is dislocated.

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a strong ligament that runs through the center of the knee joint and connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). The PCL keeps the shinbone from moving backward after the leg has been straightened. Generally, when a PCL tear occurs, it is partial, meaning that the tear does not go all the way through the ligament. Occasionally, the tear will go completely through the ligament. Partial tears are able to heal on their own, while complete tears may need surgical repair.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. It runs through the middle of the knee and connects the thigh to the shin, giving stability to the knee joint. It provides the primary restraint to the femur (thigh bone) moving on the tibia (shin bone). It also provides stability by helping to control excessive rotation of the knee. Anterior cruciate ligament tears, or ACL tears, are one of the most common knee injuries for athletes. ACL tears often occur in sports that require a lot of agility, or “cutting,” where an athlete suddenly changes directions while moving quickly

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Upswing is led by two orthopedic surgeons with over 50 combined years of healthcare leadership and experience.

    Dr. Jay Kimmel

  • Dr. Jay Kimmel is an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedics New England. Dr. Kimmel specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on shoulder and knee injuries.
  • Assistant clinical professor in both the department of family medicine and department of orthopedics at the University of Connecticut.
  • Dr. Kimmel is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery.
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    Dr. Steven Schutzer

  • Dr. Steve Schutzer is a Founding Member and Medical Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center,
  • President of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC and Physician Executive for the Orthopedic Service Line at Trinity Health Of New England.
  • Highly sought-after national speaker on value-based healthcare.
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We suggested this condition because you mentioned these symptoms:

This is not a medical diagnosis. If you are in extreme pain, please dial 911 or go to emergency.

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How did you hurt it?

Fell directly on it

Is it swollen?


How soon after injury did it swell?

First six hours

Did you feel a pop?


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