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how bad does a broken knee cap usually hurt

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
Several weeks: It is unusual to break a kneecap - this type of injury takes a long time to heal enough to relieve pain. Sometimes surgery is needed.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinay Pampati
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Routine: Some use a cast and others use a brace. Most fractures have to be immobilized so they do not seperate when u try to walk. I usually let people walk ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience Hand Surgery
See a doctor: First, if you have a "broken" or fractured knee cap, then you should be under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon and asking your doctor is the right t ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture: You can depending on the severity of the fracture. If the fragments are displaced you will need surgery. Check with your local orthopedist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Moderate to severe: A broken collar bone, which is quite common in forward fall situations, can cause moderate to severe pain. Pain from fractures is due to the ends of ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sinclair
37 years experience Family Medicine
Months to years: Coccydina, aka tailbone pain can come from mild to severe trauma of the tip of the tailbone. Sitting on a notched pillow (not a donut shaped pillow) c ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
41 years experience Podiatry
It can take a while: Tendons receive a relatively poor blood supply, and can take a long time to heal. You need to rest it as much as possible. As hard as it might be, w ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam
55 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually for1-3 weeks: Usually the pain lasts for one to three weeks from an injury to the nose with broken bone. But, sometimes the pain may persist for even longer periods ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Everyone is : Different, ice it, take an antiinflammatory if not contraindicated, wear a surgical shoe, if still painful, a painkiller can help.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Need xam & images: C an orthopedist 4 this. Without a hands on xam, & images the extent of the injury can not B made.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Depends how bad: The sprain is. Sprained ankles could hurt for a couple of months. Need to make sure you are wearing a brace when walking, don't walk on injured ankles ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Difficult: Arthritis is almost impossible to heal, but with some new medical therapies, like prp and stem cell implantation, we can help a little, but it really ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brett Levine
20 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Check X-rays : If still painful and swollen you may want to rule out a fracture. More likely it is a sprain or contusion that can take several weeks to go away. Howe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Probably not: 33yo w. catching sensation in knee & concerned for "degenerative symptom". At this age, absent past serious mechanical trauma, arthritic disorder ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knee swelling: It depends upon the amount of energy and injury-type. A quad pull or partial tear may stay swollen. A hematoma may stay swollen. A synovitis may wax a ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PTF: Or patella-femoral syndrome is what it sounds like. Hard to say for sure without a phys exam, but could be. It has to do with tracking of the knee cap ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Distraction: A tens unit causes a distraction. Instead of feeling the normal pain you experience the sensations of the tens unit. These effects can last when the ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kayvanfar
45 years experience Sports Medicine
See an Orthopedist: For definitive diagnosis you need an x ray. People who do sports regularly for an hour daily, have a high tolerance to pain., so it is very difficul ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See below:: The knee might be swollen and be tender to touch, & painful increasing with motion. The knee is locked ( held in flexion, ie bend) with difficulty to ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily -: -but if it is really swollen & is very painful or is not pointing in the direction Ur others do, or seams crooked, best 2 B Cn by an orthopedic su ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
This can be: Quite painful. I assume it was reduced (put back in place). Also and unstable injury initially so high chance it will happen again if you go back to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Gregory Rouw
29 years experience Podiatry
Slow healing: The Achilles tendon can be difficult to heal as it has a relatively poor natural vascular supply. Initial treatment is rest, ice, gentle stretching. I ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly: Torn meniscus, arthritis, bursitis etc. Follow up with your orthopedic specialist for an accurate assessment. Xray and/or MRI of the knee would confi ... Read More
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