Knee Fracture

Knee fractures can be debilitating, affecting your ability to perform daily activities and participate in the things you love. Whether you’ve experienced a minor fracture or a more severe injury, we’re committed to guiding you through every step of the recovery process with compassion and expertise.

What are Knee Fractures?

Knee fractures occur when one or more of the bones surrounding the knee joint experience a break. These fractures can vary in severity, from hairline cracks to complete breaks that may require surgical intervention. 

The knee joint is a complex structure, consisting of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), and patella (kneecap), as well as the surrounding cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Any of these components can be affected by a fracture, leading to pain, swelling, and limited mobility.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a knee fracture can vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. Common signs include sharp pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness to the touch, difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg, and limited range of motion. 

In some cases, you may also notice a deformity or abnormal positioning of the knee joint. It’s essential to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms following a traumatic injury or accident.

Knee joints pain in Caucasian man.

What Causes Knee Fractures?

Knee fractures can occur as a result of various causes, including:

  • Trauma: Falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents, and other forms of trauma can cause fractures to the bones surrounding the knee joint. 
  • Overuse: Repetitive stress on the knee joint, such as from activities like running or jumping, can weaken the bones and increase the risk of fractures over time. 
  • Underlying Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, or bone cancer, can weaken the bones and make them more susceptible to fractures. 

Prevention of Knee Fractures

While some knee fractures may be unavoidable due to accidents or underlying health conditions, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help promote bone health and reduce the risk of fractures. Regular exercise, including weight-bearing activities and strength training, can also strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee joint and improve stability.
  • Use Proper Safety Gear: If you participate in sports or activities that carry a risk of a knee injury, such as skiing, skateboarding, or cycling, wearing appropriate protective gear like knee pads, helmets, and supportive footwear can help prevent fractures.
  • Practice Good Posture and Body Mechanics: Maintaining proper posture and body mechanics can help reduce strain on the knees and lower the risk of injury. 

How We Can Help You with Knee Fractures

At Premier Podiatry and Orthopedics, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments and therapies to address knee fractures and facilitate recovery. Our team of orthopedic specialists and support staff are dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your individual needs. Here’s how we can help:

  • Initial Assessment and Diagnosis: We’ll start by conducting a thorough evaluation of your injury, including a physical examination, imaging tests (such as X-rays or MRI scans), and a review of your medical history. This allows us to accurately diagnose the type and severity of your knee fracture and develop a personalized treatment plan.
  • Conservative Treatments: For less severe fractures, conservative treatments may be sufficient to promote healing and relieve symptoms. This may include the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to reduce pain and swelling, as well as the use of braces, splints, or casts to immobilize the knee and protect it from further injury.
  • Physical Therapy: Our experienced physical therapists will design a customized rehabilitation program to help restore strength, flexibility, and function to the knee joint. Through targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and functional training, we’ll work with you to improve your mobility and reduce the risk of future injuries.
  • Surgical Intervention: In cases of severe fractures or when conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones and stabilize the knee joint. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical techniques.

Contact Us Today!

Don’t let a knee fracture hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our compassionate team and take the first step toward recovery. Your journey to healing starts here. 

Our dedicated staff is committed to providing personalized care and support to help you regain mobility and return to your favorite activities. With state-of-the-art facilities, advanced treatment options, and a multidisciplinary approach to care, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. 

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