A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bipartite Patella
I had a question the other day about bipartite patella.
Bipartite patella is a condition present at birth where your patella (kneecap) is made of 2 bones instead of a single bone.
Normally, the 2 bones would fuse together as you grow.
But in bipartite patella, they stay 2 separate bones.
About 1% of the population has this condition.
Boys are affected much more often than girls.
Your patella (kneecap) is the moveable bone sitting in front of your knee.
This unique bone is wrapped inside a tendon connecting the large muscles on the front of your thigh (quadriceps) to your lower leg bone.
Your patella starts out as a piece of fibrous cartilage.
It turns into bone or ossifies as part of the growth process.
Most bones (including the patella) have one main area where they start turning into bone.
But in some cases, a second area is present.
Normally, these two areas of bone will fuse together during late childhood or early adolescence.
If they don’t fuse together, then the 2 pieces of bone remain connected by cartilage.
Injury or direct trauma can cause a separation of this weak union leading to inflammation.
The cartilage has a limited ability to repair itself.
Most of the time, there are no symptoms.
Sometimes there’s a bony bump or place where the bone sticks out more on one side than the other.
If inflammation of the tissue between the two bones occurs, then painful symptoms develop directly over your kneecap.
The pain is usually described as dull aching.
There may be some swelling.
Movement of your knee can be painful, especially when bending.
Squatting, stair climbing, weight training, and strenuous activity can cause increased symptoms.
For the runner, running down hill causes increased pain, tenderness, and swelling.
Most of the time, no treatment is necessary.
Most people who have a bipartite patella don’t even know it.
But if an injury occurs and/or painful symptoms develop, then treatment may be needed.
To deal with bipartite patella it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate.
*Rest your knee.
*Avoid deep flexion like squatting, excess use of the stairs, and resisted weight training.
*Alfalfa, barley grass, dandelion root, nettle, parsley, poke root, rose hips, and yucca help to build strong bones.
*Oat straw contains silica, which helps your body absorb calcium.
*Eat plenty of foods high in calcium and vitamin D. The best sources are dairy products, but not all dairy has vitamin D. Check the label, as calcium and vitamin D should be eaten at the same time. Other good sources of easily assimilated calcium include broccoli, chestnuts, clams, dandelion greens, most dark green leafy vegetables, flounder, hazelnuts, kale, kelp, molasses, oats, oysters, salmon, sardines (with the bones), sea vegetables, sesame seeds, shrimp, soybeans, tahini (sesame butter), tofu, turnip greens, and wheat germ; organic whenever possible.
*Eat 100% whole grains and calcium foods at different times. Whole grains bind with calcium and prevents its uptake. Take calcium at bedtime, when it’s best absorbed and also helps with sleeping.
*Include garlic and onions in your diet, as well as eggs. These foods contain sulfur, which is needed for healthy bones.
*Avoid phosphate-containing drinks and foods like soft drinks and alcohol. Avoid smoking, sugar, and salt. Limit your consumption of citrus fruits and tomatoes; these foods may inhibit calcium intake.
*Avoid yeast products. Yeast is high in phosphorus, which competes with calcium for absorption by your body.
*Keep active, and exercise regularly.
*Eat fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya because they contain enzymes that reduce inflammation.
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