Is the patellar tendon inside the knee joint capsuel?

Pam Brooks

True Blue
Local Chapter Officer
NAB Member
South Berwick, ME
Best answers
No, it's a good question. I'm going to give you a good answer. The same answer that the person who taught me how to code always gave me.

Look it up. You will remember it better if you do the research. Get yourself a Netter's Anatomy book. It's worth it's weight in gold. Once you get your answer, you can PM me and I'll let you know if you're right. :)

Have a great week.


Best answers
The Patellar "Tendon" is sometimes considered a "Ligament" since it connects 2 bones, the Patella to the Tibia (Tubercle). It is sometimes referred to as the Patellar "Ligament, but this is not the customary terminology used by American Orthopedic Surgeons. However, and more importantly, it is the terminal anatomic portion of the Quadriceps Muscle, the extensor muscle/mechanism of the knee, which makes it a "Tendon" (it connects a muscle to bone). As such, it is an extra-articular structure (outside the joint), not intra-articular (within or inside the joint). So the answer to your question is "no."

Respectfully submitted, Alan Pechacek, M.D.