Fractured Patella

The patella (kneecap) is one of 3 bones that make up the knee joint. It runs in a groove at the end of the femur (thigh bone) and is covered by very thick articular cartilage on its undersurface.

It has a very important function with the ability to straighten the knee.

A patella fracture is a break in the kneecap.

It occurs most often from a fall directly onto the kneecap.

>Xray of a broken kneecap (fractured patella)
Xray of a broken kneecap (fractured patella)
Diagram of the Knee looking from the side
Diagram of the Knee looking from the side

18 August, 2011