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How bad does a broken knee cap usually hurt?

How bad does a broken knee cap usually hurt?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Please tell me if how bad does it have to be to have crutches and cast on a broken knee cap?

Please tell me if how bad does it have to be to have crutches and cast on a broken knee cap?

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 ASAP as long as the knee is kept straight in a brace. As healing occurs I let them start slowly moving the knee ...Read more

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Can there be any method to reduce pain in a broken knee cap?

Can there be any method to reduce pain in a broken knee cap?

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 thing to do. Having said that, rest, ice, and a knee immobilizer can be helpful. Also, over the counter medications such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil or aleve can all provide some pain relief. ...Read more

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Can i walk with a broken knee cap?

Can i walk with a broken knee cap?

Fracture: You can depending on the severity of the fracture. If the fragments are displaced you will need surgery. Check with your local orthopedist. ...Read more

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What can a doctor do to fix a broken knee cap?

ORIF: O.R.I.F. Or open reduction and internal fixation is when an orthopedic surgeon identifies the fracture fragments (with open surgery), then places the pieces back in their anatomic positions (reduction) and then holds the pieces in place with various devices (screws, plates, wires) - - - (internal fixation). This is often the preferred treatment for displaced patella or kneecap fractures. ...Read more

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For elderly man, what is usual Tx procedure for a broken knee cap and usual prognosis?

For elderly man, what is usual Tx procedure for a broken knee cap and usual prognosis?

Too many variables-: -to give a specific answer. such as 2 pieces, transverse, comminuted & # of fragments, quality of bone, open or closed. high or low velocity injury. also many co-morbidities add to poor healing: diabetes, thyroid R a couple. obesity also. each presents one with the question hoe best to treat this, open, closed & cast, if open what 2 use, pins, wires, both, screws or all 3. each case is different. ...Read more

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What is more painful, a broken knee cap or a torn Achilles tendon?

What is more  painful, a broken knee cap or a torn Achilles tendon?

Broken knee cap: Achilles tendon rupture often do not hurt much and can easily be overlooked. A broken bone e.g. Knee cap hurts much more and will cause your leg to buckle painfully when you attempt to put weight on it. ...Read more

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Please tell me will I have to have a cast on broken knee cap?

Please tell me will I have to have a cast on broken knee cap?

Usually not.: You may need a hinged brace, or some other type of immobilizer, but usually not a cast. Check with the doctor who is taking care of you, the see what his/her preference is. ...Read more