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I suffered a compound fracture of the tib and fib (L) also a cracked patella (L) at age 22 now I'm experiencing "growing pain" like symptoms at age 26?

I suffered a compound fracture of the tib and fib (L) also a cracked patella (L) at age 22 now I'm experiencing "growing pain" like symptoms at age 26?

Be seen: At 26, your growth is certainly complete and so your pain is likely coming from something else. A detailed exam and X-ray will likely determine the cause. Consider being seen. ...Read more

Dr. John Michalski
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I have a cracked kneecap that will not heal it's been over a year. Our there any options beside surgery? My dr. And I have been waiting and hoping

I have a cracked kneecap that will not heal it's been over a year. Our there any options beside surgery? My dr. And I have been waiting and hoping

Unlikely to heal alo: Your other medical problems cause a problem with bone healing. The only 2 things that might work without surgery are prolotherapy , visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org for info and a doctor , or to have magnetic field stimulation . Your ortho should be able to get that for you. ...Read more

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A fall caused a crack in my kneecap while out-of-town. I waited a week to see the doc. I have extreme muscle cramps in my thigh. Is that a concern?

A fall caused a crack in my kneecap while out-of-town.  I waited a week to see the doc.  I have extreme muscle cramps in my thigh. Is that a concern?

It could be: The four muscles of the quadriceps the patella, the patellar tendon all the other soft tissues attaching to the patella , the tibial tuberosity form the extensor mechanism, so no surprise if you have some cramps in the leg. The spasm of those muscles could separate the fracture more and increase the injury. ...Read more

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Always crack the joint at my kneecap to relieve tension because it feels tight. Sometimes it cracks involuntarily when I walk. Will it injured my knee?

Always crack the joint at my kneecap to relieve tension because it feels tight. Sometimes it cracks involuntarily when I walk. Will it injured my knee?

No: If there is no pain, this will not injure your knee. The sound that occurs when "cracking" diarthrodial joints is thought to involve gas release from the synovial fluid inside the joint capsule. A bubble can actually be seen in a joint after cracking. Cracking is then impossible until the gas has redissolved. Kind of a science fun fact, but certainly no need to worry about injury. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

What are symptoms of  a dislocated kneecap?

It depends: If the dislocation recent and traumatic, you will have a lot of pain and cannot move your knee and cannot straighten the knee your knee, some of those are recurrent they are less violent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

What are the symptoms for a torn patella tendon?

Usually dramatic: This is typically a painful, traumatic and debilitating injury. Initial symptoms would be pain in the front of the knee, diffuse swelling around the knee, and difficulty straightening the knee without assistance. Often the leg feels powerless and as if you are dragging it, because the powerful quad muscle in your thigh is no longer connected to the lower leg (tibia). Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

What are the main symptoms of a torn patella tendon?

Can't extend knee: If your patella tendon is completely torn, you can't actively straighten out your knee. Because your patella tendon connects your thigh muscle and patella to your shin bone (tibia). If its partially torn you have weakness with knee extension, difficulty with stair climbing and anterior knee pain. ...Read more

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I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

I have knee pain. Symptoms include grinding, catching of patella, buckling and locking. What does it mean?

Cartilage damage: You probably have degeneration of cartilaginous components in the joint. The most common culprit is the meniscus. Diagnosis is done by mri, and arthroscopy provides the needed clean up. ...Read more