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How can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone?

How can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone?

Image study: The fracture, or contusion of patela, or even a sprain strain of knee joinit can have similar pain and confused symptoms. A x ray will rule out boney problem for most part. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What will heal a fractured knee cap?

What will heal a fractured knee cap?

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. ...Read more

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Could i walk on a fractured knee cap?

Could i walk on a fractured knee cap?

It depends. : On the fracture pattern and method of fixation. Many orthopedic surgeons will allow people to weight bear as tolerated with the knee in full extension while in a brace for many fracture patterns whether treated operatively or non operatively. Consult your orthopedic surgeon for their recommendation. ...Read more

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How long will a fractured knee cap take to hear?

How long will a fractured knee cap take to hear?

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). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

Knee cap: A bruised kneecap is generally less damaged than one that is fractured. Remember, there is a continuum of energy that can go across the patella, from small to large, thus the spectrum of possible injury. ...Read more

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How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

Usually 6-8 weeks: You are way outside the window for calling it due to a bone bruise--should be seen by an orthopedist for history, exam & likely new x-rays to see what is going on. It may be trying to tell you something. ...Read more

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Can a dislocated knee cause a fracture in the femur and bone bruising?

Can a dislocated knee cause a fracture in the femur and bone bruising?

Dislocated Knee: A dislocated knee is when the tibia and femur dislocate. This is a true orthopedic emergency. More common is a patella that is dislocating or subluxating. If the knee truely dislocated then it usually occurs from high speed trauma and a fracture can occur. However, usually the ligaments rupture and i cannot recall seeing a femur fracture. Now bone edema or contusion will invariably occur. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more