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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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 it take to heal a fractured knee?

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

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

Days to weeks: 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. ...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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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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Could i walk on a fractured knee cap?

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 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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Fractured my fibula 6 weeks ago, cast removed today and weightbearing is okay but i can't push my knee over my toes is this normal due to swelling?

Post cast stiffness: It is very common for people who have been immobilized in a cast to experience stiffness in the joint (s) . This stiffness will usually resolve in a few weeks with some stretching but sometimes a formal physical therapy program may be needed. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with an insuffiency fracture in knee and been referred for physio. Should I be on crutches or in a cast?

I have been diagnosed with an insuffiency fracture in knee and been referred for physio. Should I be on crutches or in a cast?

Knee pain: It really depends where the fracture is. If it is in the weight bearing surface of the knee, crutches could help to alleviate pain, and make healing time shorter. Otherwise just taking it easy might serve you just as well. ...Read more

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I had a Tillaux Fracture in my ankle. Because it wasn't too bad i got a full leg cast instead go surgery. I am having trouble bending my knee and my leg is thinner. Is there anything i can do to help my knee while i am in a smaller cast below the knee?

Age?: this makes no sense You are 20 and stop growing by 16 unless there is some endocrine disease. Till aid fractures only occur in teenagers who still have a partially open growth plate At your age that is impossible. Thus the term tillage fracture is wrong. I don't know what kind of fracture it is so the question cannot be really answered without more information ...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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Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more