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What exercise can I do with a fractured patella?

What exercise can I do with a fractured patella?

If treated without surgery it should be immobilized in a knee brace locked in full extension (straight knee) for 4 weeks. During these 4 weeks you should do Straight leg raising, static quadriceps exercise, hamstring stretching and hip abduction and adduction exercises a given below.

Can you walk after patella fracture?

If the bone has healed, you may be able to start walking without crutches. Physical therapy continues for another two to four weeks after that, or until the patella has healed enough that you don’t experience pain during low-impact physical activities.

Is it possible to walk with a fractured kneecap?

The patella connects the quadriceps muscle of the thigh to the bones of the lower leg, and it is essential to walking. Since you will likely not be able to place any weight on a knee with a fractured patella, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to walk until it is repaired.

How long does it take to fully recover from a fractured patella?

You will not be able to put any weight on your leg until the bone is completely healed. This may take 6 to 8 weeks, and perhaps longer. Most people use crutches during this period.

How long does a knee hairline fracture take to heal?

Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to keep weight off an injured foot or leg. You can also wear protective footwear or a cast. Because it usually takes up to six to eight weeks to completely heal from a hairline fracture, it’s important to modify your activities during that time.

Can you bend your knee if it’s fractured?

If you have fractured your knee cap it is very important that you do not bend your knee before you have been assessed in accident and emergency. Bending the knee could cause the pieces of broken bone to move in relation to each other.

Can a patella fracture be treated without surgery?

Patients with nondisplaced (not separated) or minimally displaced fractures who can perform a straight leg raise (as described above) can usually be treated without surgery. A long leg cast or a knee immobilizer can be used for the treatment of these types of patellar fractures. 1 

Can a patellar fracture be mistaken for a fracture?

This condition is called bipartite patella and it can be mistaken for a fracture. X-rays will help to identify bipartite patella. Since many people have the condition in both knees, your doctor may take an x-ray of your other knee, as well. This x-ray of a patellar fracture shows significant displacement between the broken pieces of bone.

How long can you bear weight with a kneecap fracture?

Depending upon your specific fracture, you may be allowed to bear weight on your leg while wearing a cast or brace. With some fractures, however, weight bearing is not allowed for 6 to 8 weeks. Your doctor will talk with you about restrictions on weight bearing.

Is the patella a weight bearing bone or muscle?

The Patella (Kneecap) is not a Weight Bearing Bone. The quadriceps muscle is an extensor of the knee, an action accomplished with the help of the patella. The rectus femoris, the lone quadriceps muscle that attaches to the pelvis, is also a flexor of the hip.