how can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone

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Dr. Pen Hou answered:

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

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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.
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I fell onto bent knee, now HORRIFIC pain if I kneel, below patella, part thats on floor. I basically cant kneel. Walk ok, no fracture, patella ok.

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See an orthopedist. How do you know there is no fracture? If you know because you went to a doctor, then what did they tell you? Just because you walk does not mean there is no fracture. Patellar tendonitis can be very painful as well. A proper exam is warranted, particularly with that much pain. I would ice it until being able to be seen.
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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin answered:

How long does it take knee swelling to go when cast comes off for patella fracture?

Days to weeks

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It can take days to weeks for the swelling to resolve, but as long as your x-rays show progressive healing of the fracture, then you should see progressive improvement of the swelling. Try elevating the knee when you are at rest, and you could also try an ace wrap.
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Dr. Jason M. Boyer answered:

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

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

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Differentiate between dislocated patella and a dislocated knee--but, yes, both can cause fracture and bone bruise. Higher energy injury may be the culprit.
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Why do knees hurt after a back fracture in T region?

T region thoracic?

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If you mean T region a thoracic fracture, a fracture can affect your conditioning. This may take more time to get back into shape. usually we talk about a two-for rule, everyday you are out will take two days to come back
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My knees hurt after a back fracture in t9 vertebrae. Are they related?

Unlikely unless

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You were left with an unbalanced spine or if there was any nerve involvement. Perhaps the way in which the back was injured also injured the knees but you and your doctors were more focused on the spine fracture and its immediate care and treatment .
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Suggestions on pain management Last July 4th 2010 I was in a vehicular accident. 2 broken ankles, (R) now fused. Both lower legs shattered, both knees, Tibia plateaus shattered, (R) shoulder has plates and screws. C-2,3,4,5,6 fractures as well as a Tra

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Find a board certified pain management specialist, preferably Anesthesiologist. There are many other ways to treat pain besides narcotics. Good Luck.
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Could I have stress fractures in my shins, or worse? I have never ran before, but recently have been running 5-7 miles a week. My shins, calves, ankles, and knees are hurting all the time. My shins throb for hours after a small run, and I can barely walk.

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The best way to determine if these are shin splints or fractures is to be examined and have the area x-rayed.
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7 wks ago was in a MVA both knees sustained a hard blow there are bone contusions with bone marrow edema and a broken patella what are my risks?

Post traumatic

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arthritis of the knees and also .possibly of the hips
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