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How do I tell if I hairline fractured my knee cap?

How do I tell if I hairline fractured my knee cap?

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! ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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How long will a hairline fractured patella (knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

How long will a hairline fractured patella (knee cap) normally take to heal and what do I do to speed up the process?

6-8 weeks: A fracture usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal, but there are many factors that can slow this down. Smoking, use of certain medications and excessive motion can all slow down the process. Nothing you can eat or srink will speed the process, but quitting smoking, avoiding Ibuprofen or Naproxen and proper immobility will help maximize healing. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your knee cap has a hairline fracture?

How can you tell if your knee cap has a hairline fracture?

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! ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture on my knee, what should I do?

I have a hairline fracture on my knee, what should I do?

See an orthopedist: There are so many different ways you can fracture you knee and in so many different places that you really need to see your friendly neighborhood orthopedist to tailor treatment based on your specific fracture and individual situation! ...Read more

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Had a hairline fracture in my ankle 6 months ago, now it feels as if my knee is deformed I can feel heavy grinding and I'm starting to feel pain aroun?

Had a hairline fracture in my ankle 6 months ago, now it feels as if my knee is deformed I can feel heavy grinding and I'm starting to feel pain aroun?

Possible knee injury: You may have injured the knee at the same timer. It could also be from altering your gait.
Knee X-rays should be helpful to see what is wrong. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture knee?

Hairline fracture knee?

Need to know locaton: Its important to know exactly where the
fracture is located.
If it is truly nondisplaced in your patella
or proximal tibia you may need a knee
immobiizer or just limited activity for about
six weeks
its hard to be more specific without seeing
an xray. ...Read more

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Knee hairline fracture. Pain is bit reduced. Its already 15days over. Can I sleep sideways.? And I don get sleep at night please help me out

Knee hairline fracture. Pain is bit reduced. Its already 15days over. Can I sleep sideways.? And I don get sleep at night please help me out

A hairline Fx just-: -below the knee needs a long leg cast 2 immobilized the fracture. These can lead 2 non union as there is not much surface area involved. Once U R casted U can sleep in any position. If U R not casted B sure U R Cing an orthopedist. ...Read more

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If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?

If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?

Not at all: Typically nondisplaced fractures of the toes can be treated with a post-op walking shoe or nothing at all depending on the amount of pain you are having. ...Read more

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My 78 year old mother had a fall she has a subtle hairline fracture at the interolateral part of patella does she need a plaster? ?

Yes: For an undisplaced fx she'll do well with a cast for about 6 weeks, to allow it to heal properly and without complications. Will require need pt later on to increase motion and strength in muscles. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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Fell directly on patella. Pain at bottom. Also pain when lightly touching surface of bone. Surrounding muscle tightness. Maybe hairline fracture?

Possibly: The mechanism and symptoms you are describing could certainly represent a patella fracture. You might consider being seen for an X-ray just to make sure it does not need to be mobilized. Non displaced patella fractutes can be treated without surgery, but if it displaces surgery is often required. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of fracture of knee cap?

What are some of the symptoms of fracture of knee cap?

Pain and deformity: Fractures of the kneecap are uncommon as it takes quite a bit of force to break the kneecap - if you do break it then you will have severe pain, swelling, tenderness and feeling of crepitus (like rice krispies under the skin). ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

8+++ wks, maybe more: Stress fractures of the patella are rare and diagnosis is often delayed by months. Nonoperative treatment involves immobilization and protected weight bearing (ie stay off it). Nonop tx is often unsuccessful and then surgery is the recommended. Healing takes 2+ months, often 3-4. You need to be followed closely. See a knee specialist soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a bad fall. Went to a Dr for an x-ray of my knee, he didn't see a break or fracture. One month later my knee cap is still swollen and painfull?

Go back for check up: It is possible that your knee cap has a fracture which could have been missed when checked for initially. You should go back to your doctor/s and get a recheck of your knee. You may be better off seeing an Orthopedic specialist if the initial evaluation was not done by an Orthopedist. ...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?

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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What can happen years after fracture to the knee cap?

A recent study shows: If the fracture was operated on: up tp 50% will need hardware removal, 40% will have knee pain, %40 will have restricted range of motion, 20% will not have full extension of their leg and %30 will have some weakness in their knee extension ...Read more

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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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I began running when I felt a pain under my knee cap. Been resting 6 weeks due to back fracture. What is it?

I began running when I felt a pain under my knee cap. Been resting 6 weeks due to back fracture. What is it?

Weak quadreceps: When you were not running the quadreceps muscle got weaker and is now pulling the patella (knee cap) towards the outside of the patelar grove, a dent in the fefur that the patela moves in. To strengthen the quads use moderate weight and a short no more than 20 degree range of motion, lift the knee, tighten and hold then relax and repeat, this will help get back quad alighnment. ...Read more

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I began running after having rested for 6 weeks because of a back fracture. I felt a pain under my knee cap. What could it be?

I began running after having rested for 6 weeks because of a back fracture. I felt a pain under my knee cap. What could it be?

CLASSIC PAIN: Location for joggers knee. You are likely compensating on your footing for your back issues.
I suggest you back off, start with walking, running for 1 minute, walking for 2 minutes but please stretch well and maybe re evaluate your shoes... ...Read more

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Painful stinging symptoms of the knee cap after a fall suggestive bursitis. Question: how do you determine a fracture exist when no X-ray available?

Painful stinging symptoms of the knee cap after a fall suggestive bursitis. Question: how do you determine a fracture exist when no X-ray available?

No good way: Fractures generally are accompanied with swelling, bruising, and pain, and sometimes by loss of range of motion or function. X-rays demonstrate this very well. Ultrasound may show a fracture but it would need to be a very large one. A fracture that pierces the skin is obvious, but some cracks in the bone will not even be seen by X-ray initially and rely on 2nd X-ray a week later. ...Read more

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Tractor went over knees & feet, both meniscus torn, possibly acl's, knee caps fractured. Nothing done surgically yet stating to much arthritis, ideas?

Tractor went over knees & feet, both meniscus torn, possibly acl's, knee caps fractured. Nothing done surgically yet stating to much arthritis, ideas?

Knee trouble: This should be a question for your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Heis the individual who can schedule you appointments to minimize your post operative healing and minimize post operative complications. Call today or tomorrow. ...Read more

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What is treatment for a contusion hair line fracture in your knee cap?

Depends on direction: This depends on the direction of fracture. If the fracture is horizontal, the knee has to be immobilized to prevent possible displacement of the fracture and disruption of the knee extensor mechanism. If the fracture is vertical, you don't have to do much. Just don't do anything that causes pain in the knee and try to prevent any further trauma for about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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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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What are the biggest causes of fracture of knee cap?

What are the biggest causes of fracture of knee cap?

Direct trauma...: Direct trauma, either from a fall or a car accident are the most common causes of a patella (knee-cap) fracture. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in my knee cap and I've gone threw therapy for 6 weeks with no improvement and I don't know what to do?

See your doc again: While it is not uncommon to continue to have pain 6 weeks after a fracture, it is important to follow-up with your physician and discuss why you are still hurting. It may be due to typical post-injury tendonitis/weakness/muscle spasm or there could be delayed or incorrect healing. A repeat xray and examination is recommended. ...Read more

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How would you know if a knee cap was fractured?

How would you know if a knee cap was fractured?

Patellar fracturw: The kneecap can crack just slightly, or can be broken into many pieces. A direct fracture occurs due to a fall or direct blow. An indirect fracture occurs when the thigh muscle contract so strongly that the patella breaks. If you have a patellar fracture you may have bruising swelling, inability to straighten the knee and inability to walk, After examination, an X-ray can be ordered. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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