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The patella is the kneecap, the small bone sitting over the front of the knee. Plural = 'patellae'.


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Ten excellent patellar websites

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Because the patella is an integral part of the whole muscle-tendon-bone structure that extends the knee, it can be affected by many factors, from the foot up to the lower trunk. Therefore it is difficult to decide what to keep in a website offering an overview of...


Why does my knee cap (patella) hurt?

The patella (knee cap) is exposed to incredibly high loads during sporting activities.

Even activities of daily living, squatting and jogging can put loads equivalent to seven times body weight through the patella - even stair climbing puts loads of three times body weight through it.

So it is hardly surprising things go wrong with this joint.

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The patella - important anatomical relationships

The kneecap or patella is part of a chain of structures that help to straighten the knee.