My 13 year-old son was diagnosed with a bipartite patella. It understand it to be superolateral (type III?) and the size of a dime. He aggravated it when he fell hard playing basketball. He has seen a sports medicine doctor who recommended he do several stretching exercises before competitions (basketball). This has helped tremendously with the pain. However, he still has problems doing deep knee bends or anything requiring him to bend his leg much past 45 degrees with force (ie squats, lunges). He can play basketball without much discomfort, but can't do the exercises he feels he needs to improve jumping/leg strength. Would it be prudent to have the dime-sized piece removed once the season is over?
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Nov 18, 2005 8:30:34 GMT -6
musser, Your question is a good one, but can only be answered by a physician who evaluates your son in person. I suggest asking your sports medicine doctor this question. Regardless of his/her answer, you could certainly consider getting a second opinion from another sports medicine doctor to give you confidence.