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Offline Bethanknee

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Hairline fracture of patella
« on: January 21, 2009, 04:42:58 PM »
I wonder if anyone could advise me as I have had so little advice during my treatment. I am pretty lucky really compared to a lot of people on this site as I only have a small hairline patella fracture apparently. I have had my plaster cast off today, having only had it on for 3 weeks and I am surprised at quite how wobbly I feel, how swollen my knee is and how I cannot bend it.  I knew that it would take some time to get the whole range of motion back due to the cast but I am concerned about the swelling and pain on the medial side of the knee and back of the knee.  Is this normal for a fractured patella or indicative of ligament damage as well?   I didn't have an MRI jsut an X-ray and I was only treated for the fracture. 

The accident happened on a ski lift.  I was knocked by a chair lift with skis on and my knee hyper flexed with the end of the ski pushing into the ground and then the knee was twisted also as I fell onto my side.  I heard a cracking or popping sound at the time.  I am sure that the doctors have ruled out any major ligament or tendon damage but I was wondering if the symptoms which I am left with could be because of mild ligament sprains or are they purely because of the fracture?  Is it normal to have swelling and pain still from a very small fracture?  Should I just be a more patient patient!

Any advice/reassurance welcome.

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Re: Hairline fracture of patella
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 06:09:44 PM »
Hi beth: i fractured my knee cap when i was 14. Was also in a cast from my ankle to my hip. The swelling will go down and the pain will also the more you get movement in the knee joint. Hopefully you didn't damage the weight bearing surface in your knee like i did. If so your knee will bother you all the time. Good luck with your knee and work on building back your range of motion and strenght and you'll find the swelling and pain will go waway. Try advil to reduce swelling and inflamation. Take care, all the best Irene