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How bad does a broken knee cap usually hurt?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
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In brief: Several weeks

It is unusual to break a kneecap - this type of injury takes a long time to heal enough to relieve pain.
Sometimes surgery is needed.

In brief: Several weeks

It is unusual to break a kneecap - this type of injury takes a long time to heal enough to relieve pain.
Sometimes surgery is needed.
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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Depends

Fracture pain is variable, depending on patient factors, the amount of energy absorbed and the displacement of the fracture.
It's often fairly persistent, while a bruise might decrease in pain after a few days. If you continue to have a problem, see an orthopaedic surgeon and get an x-ray to find out for sure.

In brief: Depends

Fracture pain is variable, depending on patient factors, the amount of energy absorbed and the displacement of the fracture.
It's often fairly persistent, while a bruise might decrease in pain after a few days. If you continue to have a problem, see an orthopaedic surgeon and get an x-ray to find out for sure.
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