June 9, 2015
Thems the Breaks
You say broken kneecap, I say fractured patella…
As many know Kyrie Irving is officially out of the NBA Finals and the rest of the Cavaliers season due to a broken knee cap. The official name for that knee cap is a patella. It’s very important to the knee even though it’s technically not a bone! It’s made differently than the rest of the bones in the body. It it the largest sesamoid bone in the body and serves a very important function. It anchors down the big thigh muscles (quadriceps) by a tendon – quadriceps tendon. This tendon then continues on through the patella to then form the patellar tendon which attaches to the upper leg. The patella is an important anchor to the leg; hence when it completely breaks surgery is usually required. That brings us to the loss of Kyrie. Le sigh… I can’t let go of the faith! The Cavs can still do this!