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William Bryan Jennings, DO
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
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Jennings Clinic PA
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Orthopedics

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Jerome E Jennings, MD
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
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Jennings Clinic PA
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Bruce D Burns, DDS
(336) 996-4178
210 Broad St
Kernersville, NC
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Lawrence Xavier Webb, MD
(336) 716-3606
PO Box 1070
Winston Salem, NC
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1978

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Thomas Adam Ginn, MD
(336) 716-3946
PO Box 1070
Winston Salem, NC
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 2000

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Gary G Poehling, MD
(336) 716-8200
Medical Ctr Blvd
Winston Salem, NC
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WFUBMC Orthopaedics
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Daniel F Murphy, MD
(336) 375-2300
1130 N Church St
Greensboro, NC
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Murphy & Wainer Orthopaedics
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William E Frank, MD
(336) 817-7238
5728 Brightington Ct
Kernersville, NC
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Douglas Jarnigan Kilgus, MD
(336) 716-9657
PO Box 1070
Winston Salem, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert Douglas Teasdall, MD
(336) 716-5929
PO Box 1070
Winston Salem, NC
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
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Bipartite Patella

A Patient's Guide to Bipartite Patella
Introduction

Bipartite patella is a congenital condition (present at birth) that occurs when the patella (kneecap) is made of two bones instead of a single bone. Normally, the two bones would fuse together as the you grow. But in bipartite patella, they remain as two separate bones. About one per cent of the population has this condition. Boys are affected much more often than girls. When this condition is discovered in adulthood it is oftentimes an “incidental finding”.

This guide will help you understand

what parts of the knee are involved how this condition develops how doctors diagnose this condition what treatment options are available Anatomy

What is the patella and what does it do?


The knee is the meeting place of two important bones in the leg, the femur (the thighbone) and the tibia (the shinbone). The patella (kneecap) is the moveable bone that sits in front of the knee. This unique bone is wrapped inside a tendon that connects the large muscles on the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles , to the lower leg bone.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Knee Anatomy

Causes

What causes this condition?

The patella starts out as a piece of fibrous cartilage. It turns into bone or ossifies as part of the growth process. Each bone has an ossification center. This is the first area of the structure to start changing into bone.

Most bones (including the patella) only have one primary ossification center. But in some cases, a second ossification center is present. Normally, these two centers of bone will fuse together during late childhood or early adolescence. If they don’t ossify together, then the two pieces of bone remain connected by fibrous or cartilage tissue. This connective tissue is called a synchondrosis .

The most common location of the second bone is the supero-lateral (upper outer) corner of the patella. But the problem can occur at the bottom of the patella or along the side of the kneecap.

Injury or direct trauma to the synchondrosis can cause a separation of this weak union leading to inflammation. Repetitive microtrauma can have the same effect. The cartilage has a limited ability to repair itself. The increased mobility between the main bone and the second ossification center further weakens the synchondrosis resulting in painful symptoms.

Symptoms

What does bipartite patella feel like?

Most of the time, there are no symptoms. Sometimes there is a bony bump or place where the bone sticks out more on one side than the other. If inflammation of the fibrous tissue between the two bones occurs, then painful symptoms develop directly over the kneecap. The pain is usually described as dull aching. There may be some swelling.

Movement of the knee can be painful, especially when bending the joint. Atrophy of the quadriceps and malalignment of the patella can lead to patellar tracking problems. Squatting, stair climbing, weight trai...

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