Knee Cap Injuries

Knee surgery can be used to resolve many knee joint issues, one of which is a kneecap injury. You might not think of a kneecap as a part that is commonly injured, but the truth is that given the right circumstances, it can be a very traumatic problem.

Fractures

Typically the kneecap is a very sturdy, resilient bone that is not as vulnerable to breakage as other bones in your body. The most common way that a kneecap is broken is by a very hard impact. A car accident during which your knee comes in forceful contact with a hard surface (like another vehicle or the dashboard), a sports injury, or a fall onto concrete or asphalt are examples of how this bone may become broken. The kneecap may incur a slight hairline fracture or be shattered into many pieces. Treatment depends upon the severity of the injury. A hairline fracture may be treated conservatively with rest, a supportive brace, and eventually a course of physical therapy. More complex fractures in which the kneecap has split into pieces will require knee surgery to fix, and a series of screws, pins, and wires may be used to tie the pieces back together to heal. knee_surgery

Dislocated Kneecap

A problem often found in runners and athletes is a dislocated kneecap. The patella fits into a groove, through which it must move for normal performance. A sudden change in direction can pop the kneecap out of place, to the point where the knee is obviously deformed. This can be a very painful condition and one that is likely to recur if it is not allowed to heal properly the first time it happens. Your knee may be immobilized for several weeks and then require rehabilitation. A repetitive problem may need knee surgery to correct since the tendons or ligaments may need to be tightened to support the kneecap properly.

Kneecaps are usually fairly tough and hard to damage but also hard to heal once they’ve been compromised. If you have kneecap pain or abnormality, talk to your orthopedic doctor right away.

 

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