Patella Fracture (Broken Knee Cap)
What is it?
Patella Fracture (Broken Knee Cap): Because your kneecap (patella) acts like a shield to the knee joint it can easily be broken by falling directly onto your knee for example. Whether it’s a crack or fracture the patella helps not only protect the joint but also provides strength and stability, therefore they are typically treated very serious and require surgery to heal. Over the long term, they may also cause arthritis in the knee.
The most common symptom is an immediate intense pain followed by swelling in the front of the knee. Bruising, inability to straighten the knee and inability to walk are also signs of a patella fracture.
This fracture is usually treated by immobilizing the knee in a cast or brace for several weeks to allow the bone to heal and surgery is commonly required.
If you are experiencing knee pain, weakness of the knee, swelling of the knee, or stiffness of the knee, give us a call 972-250-5700 or make an appointment now.