A patella fracture occurs when there is a break in the patella, better known as the kneecap. The patella is a large, movable bone at the front of the knee.
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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will look closely at the knee to see if there are signs of
fracture. A straight leg test may be done.
Images can evaluate your knee and surrounding structures. These may include:
Talk with your doctor about the best
for you. Treatment options include the following:
After the tests, your doctor will determine whether you need surgery. If the patella is not badly injured, your doctor will place the knee in a
cast. This cast may need to be worn for 6 weeks. After that, you will wear a knee brace and do physical therapy. You may need to use a
Your doctor may recommend medication to reduce swelling and pain.
If the patella is in pieces, then you will need surgery. There are two kinds of surgery that are commonly used to treat this injury:
After surgery, you will need to do physical therapy. This can involve range-of-motion exercises and
stretching. You will slowly build strength in the injured leg. In some cases, another surgery will be
needed to remove the
Depending on the injury, recovery can take weeks to several months.