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How would you know if a knee cap was fractured?

If it healed. Already may be more difficult but xray is the first line of diagnostic testing... Read more...
Patellar fracturw. The kneecap can crack just slightly, or can be broken into many pieces. A direct fracture occurs due to a fall or direct blow. An indirect fracture occurs when the thigh muscle contract so strongly that the patella breaks. If you have a patellar fracture you may have bruising swelling, inability to straighten the knee and inability to walk, After examination, an X-ray can be ordered. Read more...

What are the biggest causes of fracture of knee cap?

Direct trauma... Direct trauma, either from a fall or a car accident are the most common causes of a patella (knee-cap) fracture. Read more...
Patella fracture. Mechanism of injury is usually direct trauma. Less common is eccentric pull from a fall, which may cause avulsion injury. Read more...
Trauma to the knee: Direct injury to the kneecap will mostly result in a shattered bone (comminuted fx); a fall after catching your foot on something (indirect injury) will cause a transverse fx (mostly 2 fragments, maybe 3). Read more...

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...

I hit the top of my knee cap and it is swollen. It hurts when I bend or touch it. It has been aching for a day 1/2.Is it fractured or dislocated?

Xray to assess fx. Depending upon the degree of trauma and force imparted upon the patella (kneecap) determiness the risk for fracture. Bony tenderness to palpation would indicate a need for X-rays. Seek evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon for persistent symptoms. Read more...