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Christopher S Wilson, MD
(303) 425-2750
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 106
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Lutheran Med Ctr, Wheat Ridge, Co
Group Practice: Hand Specialist

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Tracy Marie Wolf, MD
(303) 425-2750
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 106
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Lutheran Med Ctr, Wheat Ridge, Co
Group Practice: Hand Specialists

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Jan Peter Silfverskiold, MD
3555 Lutheran Pkwy
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Karolinska Inst, Med Fak, Stockholm, Sweden
Graduation Year: 1981

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Thomas Andrew Mann, MD
(303) 665-2603
3555 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 130
Wheat Ridge, CO
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1992

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David Johnston Conyers, MD
(303) 425-2750
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 106
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Craig Hosp, Englewood, Co
Group Practice: Hand Specialists

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Barber J Parks, MD
(303) 425-2750
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 106
Wheat Ridge, CO
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Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1967

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Robert Todd Vraney, MD
(630) 968-1881
3550 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1993

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Kevin Carl Chapman, DDS
(303) 421-9814
8852 W 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.David Schneider
(303) 456-6000
3550 Lutheran Pkwy # 201
Wheat Ridge, CO
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M
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert Lamotte Messenbaugh, MD
(303) 422-1388
3550 Luth Parkway South
Wheat Ridge, CO
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1965

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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.

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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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