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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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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?

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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Can sinding Larsen Johansson syndrome look like a patella sleeve fracture on a xray?

Yes,: And if clinical findings do not clarify what is going on, MRI should be able to make the distinction. ...Read more

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Child had X-ray showed patella sleeve fracture but MRI said it was calcification not fracture how is that possible to mix up? Injury 3wks before MRI

Child had X-ray showed patella sleeve fracture but MRI said it was calcification not fracture how is that possible to mix up? Injury 3wks before MRI

A fracture: Fragment is calcified, and healing response causes calcification, so every fracture will results in some type of calcification that can be seen on xray or MRI. MRI is more accurate than xray for evaluating patellar sleeve injury or fracture, and there are other causes of calcification next to the patella. ...Read more

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Can a 3wk old patella sleeve fracture (X-ray) that wasn't treated yet look Like a calcification on MRI?

Yes,: A bony fragment can be avulsed off the inferior patella, and also reparative calcification is present as the injury attempts to heal. The injury should be obvious on MRI if it is relatively acute. If calcification is the only finding, it is unlikely to be a recent fracture. ...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

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Elderly man in RCFE fractures patella requiring surgery. After surgery will he go back to the residential facility or be put in an interim facility?

Many variables: Was he ambulatory prior to fracture? Intact mental status or dementia? Good candidate for (inpatient) rehabilitation? Any other complication factors? Orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist & Family Doc can discuss best option for him. ...Read more

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What is the preferred method of splinting a fractured patella?

What is the preferred method of splinting a fractured patella?

Bracing 6 weeks: Non displaced fractures are treated in a long leg brace in extension for approximately 6 weeks and then gradual bending is started along with physical therapy to rebuild your atrophied muscles. ...Read more

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Recent fractured patella. Severe allergies to opiates. Suggestions?

Recent fractured patella. Severe allergies to opiates. Suggestions?

Nerve block: Are you talking about surgery or ongoing pain? For surgery: spinal or epidural. If not ask for IV acetaminophen. For daily management: motrin, tylenol. ...Read more

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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: 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. ...Read more

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I have a fractured patella, the ER dr. Said to see ortho asap. I have an apt. Tomorrow morning. What should I expect? Do you want to see xray?

Depends: A displaced fracture (where the bone fragments are separated) of the patella usually requires surgery. If the fragments are not displaced, then a cast or brace may ybe used. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured patella to heal?

Varies: It varies somewhat on the nature of the fracture, but usually about 6-8weeks. Also, x-rays will show when it heals as well. ...Read more

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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