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How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

How long will it take to heal a stress fracture under the knee cap?

8+++ wks, maybe more: Stress fractures of the patella are rare and diagnosis is often delayed by months. Nonoperative treatment involves immobilization and protected weight bearing (ie stay off it). Nonop tx is often unsuccessful and then surgery is the recommended. Healing takes 2+ months, often 3-4. You need to be followed closely. See a knee specialist soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What could cause a stress fracture on the upper tibia (right below the knee)?

What could cause a stress fracture on the upper tibia (right below the knee)?

Stress fracture: Stress fractures are often caused by over use or excessive weight bearing of the problem limb. Excessive jumping, running, heavy lifting and heavy work can all cause stress fractures. Excessive training in sports can be the culprit. Be sure you are living a healthy life style to prevent problems in general. ...Read more

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Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Can a knee injury/weight gain lead to a metatarsal stress fracture?

Possible: Possible that knee pain and wt gain could cause abnormal gait and stress on feet which over time can lead to stress fracture of metatarsal. See podiatrist for evaluation and x/rays. ...Read more

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Been to doctor for what i suspect is an ankle and knee stress fracture, doctors have taken since january to make get me an xray. What can I do?

Been to doctor for what i suspect is an ankle and knee stress fracture, doctors have taken since january to make get me an xray. What can I do?

? Question: Unsure by your history what your symptoms are and where your pain is and how it started... Clarify that for me if u can and i'll try to answer as best i can... Thanks ... Do u have a tibia stress fx.? Are you a runner? What sport etc.. ...Read more

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How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture? I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

How can I fix chronic foot and ankle swelling 1 year after metatarsal stress fracture?  I wear a 20-30 mm hg knee sock daily and exercise 8 hrs/wk.

Swelling: The cause of the swelling needs to be determined. Stress fractures may create some residual swelling, but your local doctor should exam you. The compression rating for the stocking may be too low as well. ...Read more

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What will heal a fractured knee cap?

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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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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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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more