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Dr. Pen Hou
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How can you tell difference between fractured knee cap and bruised bone?

Dr. Pen Hou
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
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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. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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


Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Matthew Enna
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How long will a fractured knee cap take to hear?

Dr. Matthew Enna
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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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Dr. Mark Sacher
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What will heal a fractured knee cap?

Dr. Mark Sacher
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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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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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Could i walk on a fractured knee cap?

Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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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

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Dr. Clive Segil
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I've had a fractured knee cap for over a year. My doctor doesn't know what to do. I'm in excruciating pain! help?

Dr. Clive Segil
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I've had a fractured knee cap for over a year.  My doctor doesn't know what to do. I'm in excruciating pain! help?

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Dr. Mark Galland
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How do I tell if i hairline fractured my knee cap?

Dr. Mark Galland
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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

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Dr. Mark Galland
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How can you tell if your knee cap has a hairline fracture?

Dr. Mark Galland
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Maritza Baez
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How can I know if I have a bruised knee or fractured knee?

Dr. Maritza Baez
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How can I know  if I have a bruised knee or fractured knee?

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

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