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How do you tell if your knee is fractured?

How do you tell if your knee is fractured?

Xray: The only way to be certain for sure is to get an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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 can I tell if my knee is fractured or broken?

How can I tell if my knee is fractured or broken?

Same thing: These are synonyms. Fracture and break mean the same thing. X-ray first. If it's not obvious but still painful, MRI can reveal a non displaced fracture (break). ...Read more

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How would you know if u fractured/broke your knee?

How would you know if u fractured/broke your knee?

Family practice: Sometimes only by x-ray to know for sure. If pain persists for more than a week an x-ray should be done. ...Read more

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How could I reduce the pain when my knee is fractured?

How could I reduce the pain when my knee is fractured?

Time and ICE: Fractured (broken) bones are painful injuries. Pain will decrease with time as it heals. A brace or cast is helpful to limit motion of the broken fragments. Pain medication is often necessary to improve comfort. Avoid putting weight on the involved extremity. Ice the injured area 20min every hour. See an orthopaedic surgeon for further treatment if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal a fractured knee?

3 months: Typically fractures of any part of the body will take 2-3 months to heal. The bone will continue to remodel for up to 12-18 months. Cartilage injuries associated with fractures in the knee can take longer to heal if it is a contusion (6 months) or may not heal if the trauma was significant enough to cause cartilage cell death. In that case, posttraumatic arthritis may occur. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a fractured knee to heal?

How long will it take for a fractured knee to heal?

Depends: This will depend on the type of fracture, degree of fracture, any open fracture or contaminated fracture and your general health and co-morbid conditons and medications. Bone usually heals in 4-6 weeks. It can be sooner or later. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...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

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How many months will it cure for a fractured knee?

Depends on fracture: It depends on what is fractured, but in general a non displaced fracture around the knee will heal in 8-10 weeks at age 28 ...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 will happened to a fractured knee without any treatment?

What will happened to a fractured knee without any treatment?

It will heal: A fractured knee is not specific enough to give an serious answer. Which part of the knee? How bad is the fracture?
That being said. Fractures around the knee rarely have healing problems. The problems arise with how they heal. Most fractures around the knee involve the joint surface. Without treatment the surface may heal with a step or a gap in the articular cartilage and may lead to arthritis. ...Read more

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I cannot tell if I maybe fractured my knee or deeply bruised it.?

X-ray: An x-ray can be performed to determine if it is fractured. There are many different types of injuries. Each type of injury requires has its own plan of care. Treatment may vary depending on the diagnosis. Have it evaluated by your physician and get the appropriate diagnosis and plan of care. ...Read more

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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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Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

This depends on. ..: What kind of dislocation? I would guess your knee cap slid out of position and when it came back a piece of the knee cap fractured. In this case the knee cap fracture dictates the treatment course. If the fracture is out of position you may need surgery. If it is not, bracing followed by pt can be helpful. Ultimately if knee cap is unstable you may need surgery to repair ligaments. ...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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Knee pain, xray said no fracture, what could it be?

Knee pain, xray said no fracture, what could it be?

A lot of things: The knee have a lot of structure inside and out side to be injured, ligament, cartilage meniscus, all of this dose not show on the x-ray.
Beside when x-ray is normal dose not means no fracture. So to second stage of MRI to the knee if pain persist. ...Read more

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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

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What does it meant to have a fracture of the medial tribal plateau of the knee?

What does it meant to have a fracture of the medial tribal plateau of the knee?

Tibial Plateau: Fractures of the top of the shin bone involves a portion of the bone we call the tibial plateau. There are two sides to the tibial plateau, the inner, or medial side --- and the outer, or lateral side. ...Read more

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How do you treat a knee fracture?

How do you treat a knee fracture?

It depends.: This is too broad a question to be satisfactorily answered without getting more specifc details about the injury. Many fractures can be treated nonoperatively, but others require surgery to maintain the postion or correct mal-alignment or mal-position of fracture fragments. If you have had x-rays confirming that a fracture is present, you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I dislocated my knee and have a piece of fractured bone under my kneecap what's my options?

I dislocated my knee and have a piece of fractured bone under my kneecap what's my options?

Surgery.: If there's a piece of bone floating around in your knee joint, it most likely will need to be removed, hopefully it can be done arthroscopically. ...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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What's an avulsion fracture of the knee?

Tendon tear: Avulsion fracure is where the hamstrings, quadraceps tendon tearsaway from the bone insertion causing a fracture at the insertion site. ...Read more

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Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

Are knee braces / immobilizers used for all knee micro fracture surgeries?

Knee Braces: Knee immobilization is commonly used after micro fracture technique done on the knee. There should have been a very specific rehabilitation protocol given to you prior to and reinforce after surgery. The first 6 weeks would involve protected weight bearing, initial immobilization, followed by gentle range of motion. Braces may be involved. ...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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Hello about 5 months ago I fractured my knee at school and I got treatment but ever since I have had knee pain?

Hello about 5 months ago I fractured my knee at school and I got treatment but ever since I have had knee pain?

Not enough info: You do not give enough specific information to answer your question. What exactly was fractured and how was the issue treated? You need to address this issue with your own orthopedist. ...Read more

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The inside of my knee buckles when I stand up. No pain. (it was fractured 15 years ago). I already do Pilates for strength. Do I need doc?

The inside of my knee buckles when I stand up. No pain. (it was fractured 15 years ago). I already do Pilates for strength. Do I need doc?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more