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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

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

Dr. James Krick
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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 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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How can you tell if your knee cap has a hairline fracture?

How can you tell if your knee cap has a hairline fracture?

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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I began running when i felt a pain under my knee cap. Been resting 6 weeks due to back fracture. What is it?

I began running when i felt a pain under my knee cap. Been resting 6 weeks due to back fracture. What is it?

Weak quadreceps: When you were not running the quadreceps muscle got weaker and is now pulling the patella (knee cap ) towards the outside of the patelar grove, a dent in the fefur that the patela moves in. To strengthen the quads use moderate weight and a short no more than 20 degree range of motion, lift the knee, tighten and hold then relax and repeat, this will help get back quad alighnment. ...Read more

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I began running after having rested for 6 weeks because of a back fracture. I felt a pain under my knee cap. What could it be?

I began running after having rested for 6 weeks because of a back fracture. I felt a pain under my knee cap. What could it be?

CLASSIC PAIN: Location for joggers knee. You are likely compensating on your footing for your back issues. I suggest you back off, start with walking, running for 1 minute, walking for 2 minutes but please stretch well and maybe re evaluate your shoes... ...Read more

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Painful stinging symptoms of the knee cap after a fall suggestive bursitis. Question: how do you determine a fracture exist when no X-ray available?

Painful stinging symptoms of the knee cap after a fall suggestive bursitis. Question: how do you determine a fracture exist when no X-ray available?

No good way: Fractures generally are accompanied with swelling, bruising, and pain, and sometimes by loss of range of motion or function. X-rays demonstrate this very well. Ultrasound may show a fracture but it would need to be a very large one. A fracture that pierces the skin is obvious, but some cracks in the bone will not even be seen by X-ray initially and rely on 2nd X-ray a week later. ...Read more

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Tractor went over knees & feet, both meniscus torn, possibly acl's, knee caps fractured. Nothing done surgically yet stating to much arthritis, ideas?

Tractor went over knees & feet, both meniscus torn, possibly acl's, knee caps fractured. Nothing done surgically yet stating to much arthritis, ideas?

Knee trouble: This should be a question for your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Heis the individual who can schedule you appointments to minimize your post operative healing and minimize post operative complications. Call today or tomorrow. ...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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What can happen years after fracture to the knee cap?

A recent study shows: If the fracture was operated on: up tp 50% will need hardware removal, 40% will have knee pain, %40 will have restricted range of motion, 20% will not have full extension of their leg and %30 will have some weakness in their knee extension ...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