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How soon after patella fracture recommend return to work s/p fx on 11/27/13. Ortho appt on12/10/13. Wc insisting. Floor nurse secure lock down unit.

How soon after patella fracture recommend return to work s/p fx on 11/27/13. Ortho appt on12/10/13. Wc insisting. Floor nurse secure lock down unit.

Patella fracture: Work release depends on your ability to do light duty. The fracture will not heal for 6 weeks. If you do sedentary work, you may be able to work during that healing time. Otherwise, you have to wait at least 6 weeks, get a xray, check on the healing of the fracture, and discuss your recovery with your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 often should one get physiotherapy after patella fracture?

How often should one get physiotherapy after patella fracture?

Typically 3 days/wk: Rehabilitation plays a vital role in getting you back to your daily activities. Keeping your leg immobilized in a cast can result in knee stiffness and weak thigh muscles. Specific exercises will help strengthen your leg muscles and restore range of motion in your knee. Your doctor will tell you when you can begin to put weight on your leg and start therapy. ...Read more

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Ok, xray results say acute transverse non-displaced horizontal lower pole patella fracture. What now?

See orthopedist: Treatment varies but if u are able to lift your leg up straight(slr), then more than likely u can be treated in a knee immobilizer, crutches.If the fracture is more towards the 'center' of the patella and shows signs that it may 'come apart' or displace than surgical fixation(orif)is indicated generally w/k wires or screws and 'tension-band' fixation.Se your ors.Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the normal treatment for a patella fracture? Not sure whether it's displaced yet. Very painful!

What is the normal treatment for a patella fracture? Not sure whether it's displaced yet. Very painful!

Immobilize: Treatment begins with a long leg knee immobilizer. If displaced, you need to surgically stabilize the fracture after lining it back up and then immobilize it for approximately 6 weeks until it has healed then begin bending and strengthening. ...Read more

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What determines whether a cast or immobilizer is used for patella fracture?

Varies: If u have a patellar fracture that does not require surgery then a cylinder cast or knee immobilizer is generally used. Either is appropriate.. Casts are sometimes used to ensure the fracture will not 'displace' and in patients who may not follow their doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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Within what time period should a patella fracture be removed in surgery?

Within what time period should a patella fracture be removed in surgery?

Hardware removal: Assuming the question is when to have surgery to remove patella hardware after fixation. Hardware need not ever be removed unless becomes loose or painful. ...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 is the tx for a supra patellar joint effusion with a transverse, non-displaced, horizontal lower pole patella fracture?

What is the tx for a supra patellar joint effusion with a transverse, non-displaced, horizontal lower pole patella fracture?

Fracture first: Knee immobilizer for knee for fracture. Possible needle aspiration of blood in the joint. May need surgical fixation of fracture for quicker recovery and better long-term result, especially if fracture displaces in knee immobilizer. ...Read more

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For fractured patella, on average how long expected to be on pain killers, dosage, and what is possibility of addiction? Kind of pain killers used?

It depends: Most people don't readily get addicted to opioids at sixty and older. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks as the saying goes. They have side effects though so I would want you off of them in a week or so. If pain continues to be an issue always ask about other options. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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