Comprehensive Care for Broken Kneecaps
The patella, or your kneecap, is a small bone located in front of your knee joint—where the thighbone (e.g., femur) and shinbone (e.g., tibia) meet. It protects your knee and connects the muscles in the front of your thigh to your tibia to allow to extend your knee.
Because your patella acts as a shield for your knee joint, it can easily be broken. Falling directly onto your knee, for example, is a common cause of patellar fractures.
Patellar fractures account for roughly 1% of all fractures. They are most common in people who are 20 to 50 years old, and men are twice as likely as women to fracture the kneecap. These fractures are serious injuries and often require surgery to heal.