Fractured Knee: Treatments Symptoms Diagnosis Causes

Fractured Knee Overview

A fractured knee is a painful injury and one that can keep you off your feet for months if you sustained either a communited or open fracture. If you suffered a knee fracture and would like to know if you qualify for free private medical care in your area, please get in touch today.

A fracture to your knee is also referred to as a patella fracture and when you suffer this type of injury, it can be debilitating making every day tasks an impossibility. It’s the type of injury that can occur when playing sports, being involved in a road traffic accident or through trauma to your knee.

To find out more about the knee fracture causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and whether you would be entitled to free private medical care and physiotherapy aftercare, please click on the Select a Section below.

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What is the Definition of a Fractured Knee?

Fractured knee

Fractured knee

You can damage your knee in many ways whether it is a clean, stable fracture or a more severe open break or a communited fracture. The injury is also referred to as a “patella fracture” and it is an extremely painful injury that often proves challenging to manage. Just carrying out usual, every day tasks becomes a virtual impossibility. The image below shows the importance of immobilisation in this type of injury and there are many supports available these days to help do just that. These medical aids help speed up what is often a long healing process with an end goal being to get you back on your feet sooner safely.

If you suffered a fractured knee and would like to know if you would qualify for free private medical care, free private physiotherapy aftercare and medical aids, all of which could help speed up your fractured knee recovery time, please speak to one of our health experts today.

What are the Common Causes of a Fractured Knee?

As previously touched upon, you could suffer a fractured knee in several ways, but the main causes of this type of injury is detailed below:

  • Falling directly and hard onto your knee
  • A sharp blow to your knee which often occurs in road traffic accidents as you knee hits the dashboard

It is worth noting that your knee can sustain an “indirect” fracture which often occurs when playing sports and when your quadriceps muscle found in your knee suddenly and violently contracts which ends up pulling your patella apart causing extreme pain.

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What are the Symptoms of a Fractured Knee?

It can sometimes prove challenging when it comes to knowing if you have fractured your knee or just seriously bruised it. With this said, if you are unable to bear any weight on an affected leg and cannot walk, the chances are that you have suffered a more serious fractured knee injury. Should you have suffered a hairline fracture, you may be able to walk as the symptoms tend to be far less severe.

The common symptoms associated with a broken knee are as follows:

  • Pain and discomfort in an affected knee
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • An inability to bend or straighten an affected knee
  • An inability to raise an affected leg
  • An inability to bear weight on an affected leg
  • An inability to walk

If you suffered damage to your knee and are not happy with an nhs fractured knee diagnosis and treatment, you may be entitled to a free assessment of your broken bone report and free private medical care in your area. Speak to one of our health experts today to find out if this is so, it only takes a few minutes to get an answer.

How is a Fractured Knee Diagnosed?

A doctor would want to thoroughly examine your injured knee and ask questions on how you sustained the damage. They may also ask for your medical history. A doctor can often tell if the injury involves a displaced knee fracture just by feeling the area that has been negatively impacted.

If there is a lot of painful swelling around your knee, a doctor would establish whether blood has collected in the space in your knee joint which is a condition known as hemarthrosis. If there is a lot of blood, you may need to have this drained off to help reduce swelling. pain and pressure.

Other tests a doctor would want to carry out on your injured knee could include the following:

  • A series of x-rays to determine which bones have been negatively impacted

It is worth noting that some people are born with more bones in their patella than usual and that these extra bones do not meld together which is a condition known as bipartite patella. Very often, a doctor might mistake this for being a knee fracture. As such, having a series of x-rays helps identify whether you have extra bones in your patella.

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How is a Fractured Knee Treated?

Treatment for a fractured knee would depend on the complexity and severity of your injury. With this said, treatments for this type of injury are detailed below.

Nonsurgical

If the fracture is stable and affected bones in your knee are not “displaced”, you may not need to undergo surgery to correct the problem. You would typically need to wear a splint or a cast which would keep your injured knee immobile and prevent leg movements. The end goal of wearing a cast or splint is to keep broken bone ends in the right position while they mend and heal.

If your injury is not too severe, you may be able to bear weight on your leg even when wearing a cast or leg brace. But should the knee fracture be serious, you would need to keep your leg immobile for anything from 6 to 8 weeks and not bear any weight on an affected leg.

Surgical intervention

Should your knee bones be displaced, you would more than likely have to undergo surgery to put things right. If the displaced bones are far apart, recovery time for a fractured knee can take much longer or in a worst case scenario, might not heal and mend at all. The problem is that your thigh muscles which are attached to the top of a patella tend to pull displaced bones apart during the healing process. It is also worth noting that a doctor might want to wait until any slight skin damage and abrasions are fully healed before performing surgery on your fractured knee.

Should you have suffered an open knee fracture, the risk of infection is greatly enhanced. In short, a doctor would want to perform surgery on your damaged knee sooner rather than later.

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When Should I Seek Medical Attention for a Suspected Broken Knee?

You can suffer a fractured knee in a multitude of ways but knowing whether the injury is serious or not means seeking medical attention as soon as possible. If you find it hard or impossible to walk, bear any weight on an affected leg and experience severe pain the chances are you have sustained a broken knee. However, if the injury is a hairline knee fracture, you may still be able to walk without too much pain and discomfort but you should still get your knee checked out to prevent any further damage being done.

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Are There Any Complications Associated with a Fractured Knee?

There are some complications associated with a fractured knee and you may find that even if you are successfully treated for your injury, you could develop some long-term problems which includes the following complications:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Chronic Pain

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I Think My Doctor Missed Something When Diagnosing My Fractured Knee?

If you think your doctor may have missed something in your fractured knee diagnosis or you are unhappy with the way your treatment is being carried out, you should do as much research on your injury as possible which would help establish if you are correct. The links at the bottom of the page offer essential advice on fractured knee injuries, how this type of injury should be treated.

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Are There Any Long Term Effects Associated with a Fractured Knee?

The long-term effects and prognosis associated with a fractured knee depend on several things which includes the complexity and severity of an injury. Other factors include the following:

  • If you had to undergo knee fracture surgery to correct the problem
  • The time you need for rehabilitation

With this said, the majority of people who suffer a simple fractured knee injury make a recovery in anything from 3 to 6 months and are able to carry out normal daily activities. If you suffered a more serious knee injury, your recovery could take much longer. Long-term affects could include less mobility and stiffness in your knee and as such a doctor could recommend that you protect an affected knee to reduce the risk of any further damage being done. A doctor might also recommend you avoid doing any repetitive movements which includes the following:

  • Squatting
  • Deep knee bending
  • Climbing stairs
  • Going up and down ladders

To find out whether you would be entitled to free private medical care and free private physiotherapy following an accident that left you with a fractured knee, please speak to one of our health experts today.

Can I Break My Knee and Not Know It?

You could suffer a fractured knee and not be aware of the damage more especially if the injury involved a hairline fracture. You may not experience a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort with this type or knee injury. However, you should still seek medical attention to prevent any further damage being done to your knee which means being examined by your doctor or going along to Accident and Emergency.

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Would I Be Entitled to Free Private Medical Care for a Fractured Knee?

If you suffered a fractured knee whether because you were involved in a road traffic accident, sustained the injury playing sports or received some kind of trauma to your knee, you may be entitled to free private medical care in your area. Although the NHS treatment for a broken knee is good, it is never as effective as private treatment and therapy where you have a dedicated team of medical professionals taking care of you.

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What Sort of Free Private Treatment Would I Qualify For in My Area?

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Fractured knee treatment

As previously mentioned, a fractured knee is a very painful, debilitating injury that can keep you off your feet for weeks if not months depending on the severity and complexity of the damage done to your knee. You may qualify for free private treatment, free private physiotherapy as well as free medical aids which includes the following:

  • A pair of crutches to help you get around
  • Medical compresses
  • Ice packs
  • Knee supports
  • A wheelchair

To find out more about free treatments, aftercare and medical aids that you may be entitled to, please speak to one of our health experts today.

How Long is the Healing Process for a Fractured Knee?

A simple knee fracture can take anything from 6 to 8 weeks to heal but a more serious break can take a lot longer more especially if you had to undergo knee surgery to put things right. An incorrect diagnosis and treatment can also negatively impact a fractured knee recovery time. If you are unhappy with your NHS diagnosis and treatment as well as the aftercare provided, you should research your injury as much as possible to confirm any suspicions you may have before seeking advice on how best to proceed.

You may find that you are entitled to free private medical care in your area, you may even qualify for free private physiotherapy aftercare which could get you back on your feet safely sooner rather than later. Speak to one of our health experts who would let you know in minutes what treatment, aftercare and medical aids you could qualify for in your area.

Can I Speed Up My Fractured Knee Recovery Time Safely?

Receiving free private treatment and aftercare for a fractured knee injury could speed up the healing process considerably and would do so in a safe environment. Physiotherapy is an essential part of the recovery process and the correct type of fractured knee exercises ensures that you retain as much flexibility as possible following this type of injury. Speak to one of our health experts who would tell you straight away what sort of treatment and aftercare is available in your area.

Call Today And Find Out What Treatment and Aftercare is Available in your Area

If you suffered a fracture knee and are not happy with the NHS diagnosis, treatment you received, speak to one of our health experts who would tell you in minutes if you are entitled to a free orthopaedic assessment of your broken bone report and whether you qualify for free private medical care and physiotherapy in your area.

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Helpful Links

If you suffered a fractured knee whether in a road traffic accident or while playing sports or doing some other activity and would like to know how physiotherapy can help speed up your recovery, please click on the link below;

How physiotherapy can help you back on your feet safely

If you would like to know how a knee brace can help speed up your recovery and reduce knee pain, please follow the link below;

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