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What's the treatment for a kneecap fracture?

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If the broken pieces of your kneecap are still lined up, you’ll get a cast to hold everything in place as you heal. Sometimes, you can still put weight on your knee. In other cases, you might be off your feet for 6 to 8 weeks. For a more serious fracture, you'll need surgery. Your doctor may use screws, pins, or wires to hold the bone pieces in place. You’ll need physical therapy to work through stiffness, get your range of motion back, and build leg strength.

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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