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a complete patella tendon tear will disrupt the soft tissue into two pieces.
a partial patella tendon tear will not completely disrupt the soft tissue. This is similar to a rope stretched so far that some of the fibers are torn, but the rope is still in one piece.
you have to see a doctor to get an MRI and exam of the knee to know if you have a partial tear or complete tear.
a very strong force is needed to completely tear the patella tendon.
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