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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do i tell if i hairline fractured my knee cap?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Xray: An x ray or ct would best show this. See your physician for x ray and physical exam to be sure. Best of luck!

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long will a fractured knee cap take to hear?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
6-8 weeks: Generally bones heal in about 6-8 weeks. Various factors can affect the healing process, such as diabetes and smoking, both of which can increase the healing time. A fractured patella (knee cap) generally will heal in about 6-8 weeks (whether it undergoes surgery or not).
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
pain may continue for a period of time even after the fracture has healed
Nov 23, 2011
A 40-year-old member asked:

How would you know when you have fractured your knee cap?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
See physician: Pain, swelling, inability to extend leg. But an xray will help make the diagnosis.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What will heal a fractured knee cap?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management 33 years experience
Depends: It depends if the kneecap is a displaced vs nondisplaced fracture. A nondisplced fracture will heal on its own. A displaced fracture may require screws to approximate the kneecap and to heal properly.

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