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Knee Fractures

Types of Knee Fractures

The knee serves as the junction for four leg bones: the kneecap (patella), thighbone (femur), leg bones (tibia and fibula). Knee fractures can occur to any of these bones, with doctors categorizing them based on various criteria. In non-displaced fractures, the broken parts maintain proximity, preserving much of the bone's integrity. Displaced fractures involve misaligned pieces. Comminuted fractures result in bone fragmentation. Fractures can also be categorized as open or closed, depending on whether the bone breaks through the skin. Our skilled providers possess the expertise to assess and manage these injuries effectively, ensuring optimal care and recovery.


When it comes to treating fractures, the approach depends on the severity and displacement of the broken bone fragments. If the pieces of bone remain properly aligned (non-displaced), surgery may not be necessary. Instead, your physician might opt for nonsurgical methods like applying a cast or splint to immobilize your knee, ensuring the broken ends of bone are in the correct position for healing. Depending on the fracture type, some patients may be permitted to bear weight on the affected leg while wearing a cast or brace, although weightbearing restrictions may apply for certain fractures, typically lasting 6 to 8 weeks.

However, if the bone fragments are misaligned (displaced), surgical intervention is often required to realign the bones for proper healing. Patellar fractures with significant displacement may struggle to heal naturally due to the powerful thigh muscles pulling the broken pieces out of alignment during the healing process. The timing of surgery is crucial; if the skin around the fracture remains intact, your doctor may advise waiting until any abrasions have healed before proceeding with surgery. Conversely, if the bones pierce through the skin, there's an elevated risk of infection, necessitating immediate surgical intervention to minimize complications. Surgical procedures involve thorough cleaning of the injury site and bone surfaces, followed by bone repair during the same operation.

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