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Patella Fracture

If you suffer from patella fracture, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Patella Fracture?

A patella fracture refers to a broken kneecap, which is the triangular bone located in the front of the knee. Patella fractures can occur due to various reasons, including:

  1. Direct trauma: A forceful impact or blow to the kneecap, such as a fall or a direct hit, can cause the patella to fracture.
  2. Indirect trauma: In some cases, a strong contraction of the quadriceps muscles, which are responsible for extending the leg, can cause a patella fracture.

Patella fractures can be classified into different types based on the extent and pattern of the fracture, including:

  1. Stable fractures: The broken pieces of the patella remain aligned and in their normal position.
  2. Displaced fractures: The broken pieces of the patella are no longer in their normal position, and there is a gap between them.

Indication Of Patella Fracture

Symptoms of a patella fracture may include:

  1. Immediate and severe pain at the front of the knee.
  2. Swelling and bruising around the kneecap.
  3. Inability to straighten or bend the knee.
  4. Tenderness and difficulty putting weight on the affected leg.

Treatments For Patella Fracture

Treatment for a patella fracture depends on several factors, such as the type and severity of the fracture. Options can include:

  1. Non-surgical treatment: Stable fractures or fractures with minimal displacement may be treated conservatively with the use of a cast, splint, or knee immobilizer. Physical therapy exercises are typically prescribed to regain strength and mobility in the knee.
  2. Surgical treatment: Displaced fractures or fractures with significant separation of the fractured pieces may require surgical intervention. This can involve realigning and stabilizing the patella with screws, wires, plates, or other fixation devices.

Recovery from a patella fracture can take several weeks to months, depending on the extent of the injury and the chosen treatment approach. Rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy are essential components of the recovery process to restore knee function, regain strength, and improve range of motion.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist, for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for a patella fracture. They can assess the fracture, recommend the most suitable treatment approach, and provide guidance throughout the recovery process to ensure optimal healing and functional outcomes.


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