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Dealing With a Broken Kneecap

Updated on February 27, 2017
The X-Ray of My Fractured Knee
The X-Ray of My Fractured Knee

I Fell Down a Step and Fractured My Patella

Back in November 2011, I fell down a step and landed on my kneecap, shattering it into four pieces.

I had surgery to pin it back together and my leg was immobilized in a splint for six weeks.

The patella fracture healed, but the fun was just beginning. My knee joint was completely stuck due to scar tissue and severe muscle atrophy.

Since then, I've had more surgery to remove the hardware you can see in the photograph above.

This article is about the information I've discovered about patella fractures and what helps to rehabilitate this injury once it's fixed.

This is my leg right after my operation to get my pins removed. I was still at the hospital, waiting to be discharged.
This is my leg right after my operation to get my pins removed. I was still at the hospital, waiting to be discharged.

Everyone Is Different

From reading other people's experiences from the comments on this article and on the KneeGeeks Forum, it is clear to me that there is no definitive way to deal with a broken kneecap.

What works for some people does not necessarily work for others. It is important to remember that although we are all in the same boat with having a fractured patella, we are quite unique in our rehabilitation and ways to deal with it.

Treatment variations depend on individual factors such as age and general fitness, but more particularly, it depends on the locality and the methods applied by the medical staff responsible for your treatment.

It is important to remember when reading the experiences and advice shared on this page that your own situation may be different because of the above reasons.

Always check with your doctor before trying out new rehabilitation methods, as there may be a medical reason why it has not been suggested to you already.

Most importantly, don't worry or get disheartened if you read here that someone else has recovered from their patella fracture more quickly than you appear to be doing.

Different personal and medical factors mean that everyone will progress at different rates. Generally, the ways and means of getting to a particular place in your rehab will differ, but the overall timescale of your full recovery will be pretty much the same.

Keep working hard and you WILL get there!

Types of Patellar Fractures

Kneecap fractures come in many shapes and sizes! They range from a single crack to a break into several separated pieces. If the bone is cracked but the pieces stay in place, the treatment involves immobilizing the leg for about six weeks until the fracture is healed.

If the pieces are separated (displaced) then surgery is usually required to hold them together while it all heals back into place. My fracture was a comminuted displaced fracture . . . the one I would probably have not chosen if I could have picked. It means that my bone broke into several pieces and did not stay in place. You can see the arrangement of pins and wires used to fix my fracture in the X-ray at the start of this article.

So You Fractured Your Patella Too?

Patella fractures only make up about 1% of all bone breakages overall. I am curious to know which type of patella fracture are most common when they do occur. Check the names on the diagram above and select the relevant option below. Thank you for taking part in this poll.

Which type of patella fracture did you suffer?

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Patellar Fractures — Everything You Need to Know

A YouTube video discussing types of patella fractures and their treatment.

My Knee Immobilizers: A Cast and a Splint

Following surgery, my leg was put in a "cylinder cast" for the first two weeks. After that, when my staples were removed, I was put in a velcro splint for another four weeks.

I've read that some patients are put in a hinge brace at two weeks which allows some movement of the knee joint to commence. I wonder if I'd had one of those maybe my knee would not have been stuck straight when the six weeks was up. I imagine early movement would have been painful, but worth it if it meant gaining a decent range of motion in a more reasonable time frame later.

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The Physioroom Elite Hinged Knee Brace

After six weeks in an immobiliser, my fracture had healed and the doctor told me to start walking without the splint, but my quads were practically non-existent and my physio told me they weren't strong enough to support my leg.

I was panic-stricken at the thought of walking without anything to help. I trawled the internet for advice about whether or not it was a good idea to progress to a small support brace and once I'd concluded that it was a good idea, the next thing was to decide which type would be best for me.

I decided that I needed a hinged brace which would allow me to alter the degree I could bend my knee. This would help to support my knee and stop it from bending too far and also allow for adjustment as my range of motion improved.

I decided on the Physioroom Elite Hinged Brace because it had adjustable hinges that could also be removed later, when I could cope with less support. The brace was also washable, so it would last a while, and it came in various sizes. I needed to measure around my knee at the widest part to select the correct size.

The brace slides up over my leg and has a velcro strap which wraps from the back of my knee and fastens over and above the joint to keep it securely in place. The adjustable velcro allows me to tighten or release it for a comfortable fit. The Elite also has a patella support, which is a reinforced ring inside the brace to stop the patella from tracking out of place and it is open to prevent overheating. We call it the knee donut!

I definitely needed the brace to help me start to walk again and still use it now for additional support when I'm driving or standing for a long time. I don't use the hinges anymore, and have removed them completely. It is possibly time for me to downgrade to a smaller support now, but I have worn it at least once a day for the last ten months now, so it has definitely been worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone considering getting a knee brace to help them through their patella fracture recovery.

Physioroom Elite Knee Brace Demo

"Better a broken bone than a broken spirit."

— Lady Marjory Allen of Hurtwood

Gel Ice Packs Were Essential After Therapy Relief

If you are only going to buy one thing to see you through the physio regime, let this be it! They are just the best thing ever for cooling a raging knee joint and soothing the soreness and irritation.

I have the gel packs shown below. I got them back in January, just before I started my physio and they are still going strong. They come with a thin white pouch to place over them to save the cold from hurting your skin and they are flexible, even when frozen. I tend to leave mine in the fridge. That way they are always chilled when I need them.

Some Gentle Physio Knee Exercises

When my splint was removed after six weeks, my quads were totally wasted (atrophied) and my range of movement (ROM) in my joint was barely 20 degrees.

It took many weeks of gentle exercises, three or four times a day, to get them to wake up again. If you are going through this, don't be disheartened if all your hard work seems to be going nowhere. One day, your muscles WILL twitch, your leg WILL raise up in a straight lift and your knee WILL begin to bend again! Be patient, be determined, and you will get there.

Here are some of the exercises I did to kickstart my strength and movement. Start with five of each and build up to more when five gets too easy. There are many more quad-strengthening exercises, but your physio therapist will advise you which are safe for your particular injury.

  1. Quads Tensing

    Sitting or lying with both legs out straight, flex your foot back, push your knee down and tense your thigh muscles as tightly as possible. Hold for a few seconds then relax. Hold for longer when it becomes easier.

  2. Inner Range Contractions / Short Arc Quads

    Sit or lie with legs out straight. Roll up a towel or something similar (I used a soft pillow) and place it under your knee. Press your knee down into the towel and lift your heel at the same time. Try to get your leg out straight, keeping your knee on the towel as you do. Hold for five seconds and then slowly lower your heel back down.

  3. Straight Leg Raises

    Sit or lie with legs out straight. Flex your foot back, push the knee down into the floor to lock it straight, lift your heel and raise your leg about 12 inches from the floor, keeping the whole leg straight as you do. (This is very difficult to begin with. Don't be surprised if your leg feels like someone put a rock on it. Even if you can't manage to lift it at first, keep going through the motions, one day it will lift up!)

  4. Heel Slides / Knee Bending

    Start with legs out straight and slowly start to slide your heel along the floor towards your butt, as far as it will go. Hold for a few seconds, then straighten the leg back out. Repeat.

  5. Prone Knee Bends

    Lie face down with legs out straight. Keep your thigh down on the floor and bend your knee, lifting your foot back towards your butt as you go. It's trickier to do it this way as the muscles in your knee are tighter on the front.

Straight Leg Raise Exercises Video Demonstration

Watch how to correctly achieve the straight leg raise exercise in this YouTube video.

Pedal Exerciser — Helping to Push the Bend!

My physio therapy involves two main aspects - improving the muscle strength in my leg, and improving the range of motion (ROM) in my knee. The best method for improving the ROM I've found so far is using a static pedal exerciser.

Drive Medical Exercise Peddler with Attractive Silver Vein Finish (Requires Simple Assembly)
Drive Medical Exercise Peddler with Attractive Silver Vein Finish (Requires Simple Assembly)

The pedal exerciser allows me to sit down comfortably whilst working on my knee bend. Whilst I am unable to do a full rotation yet, I use the pedal on my good side to push back the bend in my bad leg. I can hold the tension for as long as I can bear it and ease off when I need to. The alternative exercise involves standing up at the bottom of the stairs with my bad leg up on the first step and leaning into the bend. This makes me feel a bit woozy and dizzy and I can't focus on working through the pain as well as I can when I'm sitting working on the pedals. My ROM has increased by 20 degrees in the four days I've been using the pedal exerciser at home ... definitely worth the investment!

 

Pedal Exerciser Demos on YouTube

Knee Massage — Do It While You View It!

Right from the start of my rehab, knee massage has been crucial. It helps loosen scar tissue inside the joint, keeps the external scar supple, encourages the muscles to wake up AND it soothes the pain during and after physio sessions.

I use E45 lotion or cream to massage my knee joint and I follow the routine in the video here for massage technique.

This video will take you through a step-by-step massage that really does help to loosen the joint and soothe the pain. It also has info about the knee joint and how it works.

E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion (500ml)
E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion (500ml)

E45 lotion has had multiple uses for my knee. It's been great for keeping the scar tissue moisturised without irritating it further with perfume. It's also great to massage the joint before and after therapy. I've found that massaging the joint helps to loosen it and eases some of the pain around the scar tissue.

 

How Did You Break Your Patella?

Most patella fractures happen as the result of a direct impact to the kneecap. Usually, this would take the form of a fall or forceful knock or blow. However, it is possible to fracture your patella by over-extension of the quad muscles with sudden and excessive force. For example, this sometimes happens to athletes when the sheer power in their muscles is enough to split the bone in two.

Let’s try to find out which is the more common way of fracturing your patella in this question poll. Thanks for taking part!

Please feel free to tell us more about how you got your patella injury in the comments below (with the exception of gory details of course, some of us haven’t eaten yet!).

How did you fracture your patella?

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Has This Information Helped You?

The information in this article is based on my own experiences and what I've found useful. What have I left out? Did I provide you with anything useful? Let me know in the comments below!

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      Marianna lubenko 6 weeks ago

      Fell over at the ice rink... Definitely shouldn't have tried to show off! !! (((

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      Ronald thompson 7 weeks ago

      Fell around 600 ft at otter falls washington probablly should of died but suffered a split head and transversed patella

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      Jackie 8 weeks ago

      I shattered my kneecap when water got under a mat in my garage during Hurricane flooding. My leg just went from under me so fast and bent like it shouldn't. I don't remember my kneecap hitting the floor surace at all.

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      Susan 2 months ago

      My horse and I fell and she rolled over my knee!

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      Kieran 2 months ago

      had a transverse displaced fracture, pain was not bad at first and only started when i had to fly home for an operation. after the operation i was walking within 20 mins with crutches, and climbing stairs that afternoon. 4 days later i can fully support myself on my knee. currently taking 60mg codeine and 1g of paracetamol every 6 hours, and 400mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours. now a week later and wondering what the future has in store for my knee

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      Theresa 3 months ago

      I'm stuck 6 months post a comminuted fracture at 90degree rom, anyone else been through this? There is a Facebook page Patella fracture if anyone wants to join.

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      Patella Fracture - 34 years old, athlete Conservative treatment 3 months ago

      My patella / kneecap fracture - injury pain and recovery – Conservative treatment / no operation

      Impact: There was a blow to the left knee – fall on the pavement of the skateboard and my patella fractured.

      First symptoms: It hurt, but not as much that I would suspect a fracture. I walked after the injury for about 500 meters, climbed stairs and drove with manual clutch for at least half an hour in city traffic. It was not until I could not move the knee any more becouse of the liquid building in and around the knee like a baloon. At that point I decided to visit the ER.

      ER/: Xrays showed multiple patella fracture (vertical, diagonal, sideways), but no gap was wider that 2mm. I was not able to lift the leg straight up, but not other injury except the patella fracture. They did the liquid extract from the knee with a needle – It was bloody – 1 dcl. I spend a few days in the hospital, leg immobilized, got drugs, and new ice pack every two hours. Icing helped immensly. CT scan was performed three days later to conclude the treatment will be conservative, no operation needed. I got a full left leg closed plastic plaster from ankle to thigh. I was ordered not to walk too much for the first few days, later I should do quadriceps exercises, heel rises, straight leg raises when possible. I was given crutches. Bad leg goes first down, last up – remember the rule they said.

      Week 0-2- Fcuk me the pain was impossible. I used the painkillers (Doreta 37,5mg – tramadol+paracetamol) only for sleeping. First few nights the whole tablet, afterwards half of the tablet. It was not only the kneecap but the quadriceps muscle, especially on the side was hurting as hell. It is the inability to move the leg that had me nervous all the time. After app. 10 days I could sleep without painkillers. Also the closed plaster doesnt allow icing the area around kneecap. I didnt use the drugs during the day becouse I had to work (computer work) but I would use drugs during the day if I had the possibility. I was walking around with almost no pain, moving the leg in any direction was problematic. Showering was done with the help of the biggest (150 liters) trash bag, taped at the top with the wide white medical tape. Having a shit with a straight leg bacomes a fcuking thing. It is an adventure, I dont want to spoil the experience by telling you all details, but lets just say that a small box under the other leg helps immensly. No flexing of the leg at all. Quadriceps exercises hurt a lot so I didnt do it reguraly, mostly did heel rises.

      Week 2-4 - At week 3 I got X-rays, nothing to see, one piece moved forward a little bit but doctor said it was within the healing range. I asked for open plaster which I got and from that point on I was Icing the area daily. Was warned not to do icing for more than 15 minutes every 2 hours, anything more could affect bone healing. I also did self massage of the area as much as possible. I introduced milk into my diet, lots of protein – tuna, meat, and as much vegetables as possible. Also started to do walks every day three times for about 15 minutes. At the end of 4 weeks after injury I was walking around without them. Since the open plaster is removable (valcro tapes) showering bacome a non issue, I just took a bath – with a little help of the spouse. Shitting was still an issue but I got used to it.I took the leg out of the plaster on the couch, but no flexing at all, but it was practical for icing and some massage. My spouse was kind enough to drive me around, I was sitting at the back seats with leg raised. I slowly started doing quadriceps exercises (pushing the knee down to the ground and squeezing the muscle), did a lot of heel rises. Straight leg rises were still very painful, almost didnt do it.

      Week 4-6 Started doing long walks – 30 minutes with and without crutches. The pain was almost gone. Still no flexion of the leg. Started doing straight leg exercises, continued with quadriceps squeezes and heel rises. I had an intention to travel by plane at this point via connecting flights but I needed to fill up a lot of forms regarding the injury (separate forms for each airline), and got different answers. All of them offered airport help (wheel chair and such) but none wanted me on the plane. Well I could board if I paid for three seats. Seating at he exit rows was denied, since passangers seating there need to be in perfect health. At the end, no plane travel was possible.

      Week 6-8 At week 6 I had an X-ray taken, doctor said no more plaster, use a 4 point flexion adjustable brace. Use it at 20-30 degrees for next three weeks, also I was told to start and try walking without the brace but with crutches to get used to proper walking technicque. I used the brace for around 10 days, afterwards I just started going everywhere without the brace and without the crutches. I lost app. 7 cm on the lower leg and app. 12 cm on the upper leg (circumferance). Started Physical therapy (PT) at week 6, right after the plaster came off two times a week. Laser theraphy was performed. First day of PT I had only 33 degrees flexion and it hurt a lot. I rented a kinetec device for flexing the knee at home, I used it three times a day for one hour religiously. At the end of week 8 my flexion was around 50 degrees.

      Week 8-10 I started doing wall flex exercise (lying on the back againts the wall, both legs up on the wall, left leg slowly coming to the pain point, stoping for 15 seconds, a bit more for 2 seconds, 45 seconds rest – 15 minutes one session) two 15 minute sessions per day, usually in the morning and before sleep. During this exercise I had some trash metal music on my phone, and cried (literally) a lot. My therapist said no pain no gain. And the pain -my friend-it hurts a lot. With this said I was at 90 degrees at week 9 and 100 degrees week 10. During this time I started driving the car with (manual clutch), which was an immense relief for the family logistics. I had to put my seat really far, and still could not drive without immense pain for more that 15 minutes. Also the shitting improved, which was also a happy event. I still used the kinetec flexing machine regulary – even on my business trips, I took it to the hotel. All day – every day became a PT session for me. I used a lot of ice packs (actually gel packs) but still had a lot of pain at night. Some nights I woke up every two hours in pain, walked around a bit, etc. Basically from taking the plaster off the I had some sort of pain. If I didnt do the exercises the pain would be much less, but wanted mobility as soon as possible.

      Week 10-12 At the end of week 10 I started riding a bicycle, which becouse of the limited flexion was not possible before. Therapis advised to use stationary bike, but I just skipped this step and went to a normal bike straight away. I used only one leg push for the first few days, after that I added power to the bad leg as well. I returned the kinetec at week 10 when I reached 120 degrees. I try to ride every day for at least an hour. I also started doing TRX exercises (squats with help, one leg rises). I walk the stairs every day at work to get some quadriceps strenght. I also started running slowly. The swelling is still not gone but it is much better. I have to ice the knee almost every exercise since it gets hot a lot. Flexion is at 140 degrees, but I still cannot reach the butt with a heel. There is still app. 10cm gap. Hopefully you got some information that you needed. Dont worry – every coin has two sides. Appreciate and accept the pain, do the work every day, every hour, every minute – and you will improve, I promisse you. What doesnt kill you, makes you stronger. Andi f you happend to be an athlete like me - This shit happened to Kylie Irving from Clevland Cavaliers, Dino Radja from Boston Celtics, and they both kept playing at the high level after recovery. Keep calm and carry on.

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      Elisa 3 months ago

      I fell down a steep driveway and fractured my left Patella in May 17. I had tension wiring and anchor fixation and was put in a hinge brace 24 hours post op... Fast forward seven weeks post op I can now reach 100 degrees flexion but am under strict instructions to keep the brace on. PT says, it's going to take more gritted teeth and determination yet. I've taken inspiration from your recovery account Celticep and particularly enjoyed the knee massage link. I oil up my knee ten mins before PT exercises and ice it afterwards which seems to help enormously. To anyone else who has suffered this injury, my respect goes out to you all. Stay strong.

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      Michele 3 months ago

      Excellent post! Thanks for sharing your story and all of the useful information and videos.

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      MaRy 4 months ago

      i shattered my patella in November of 2014 and still am unable to climb stairs. I Have full ROM but have tightness And many times my knee gives out. I exercise quads regularly But feel like This is the best I will be

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      Lisa 13 months ago

      Missed a step & fell with full impact on left knee. Displaced into 5 pieces, surgery 4 days later with pins & wire. Currently 4 1/2 weeks post surgery in immobilizer brace but weight bearing. Back to doctor in 2 weeks & hope it's healed to start therapy. Ortho has me doing leg raises & quad tightening (without brace/no bending) 3 times per day to help get muscles ready!!

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      Julie A 15 months ago

      Fell on knee, broke patella into 3 pieces, surgeon placed pins and wrapped with wire, no brace, no splint, ace bandage, crutches for about a week, then I was able to hobble around, walking normally within 2 weeks! I'm so glad I didn't have an immobilizer! PT for prescribed time (cant remember, it was 10 years ago.) Followed the exercises at home but I can say it took a full year until I was back to normal. 10 years later the hardware is still in there, doesn't bother me. I am on my feet all day at work now, age 55, no problems.

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      Alan george 22 months ago

      I fell over on 16th november it hurt but carried on , went to a&e on 8th december found out i'd been walking & working around with a fractured kneecap for 3-4 weeks only 2 ibrufen used . Saw the doctor 11th december as its started healing no operation another x ray 8th january

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      mada 2 years ago

      Week 7 after surgery. Only did basic exercises at home and can bend 90 degrees without feeling pain. Patellla was totally disintegrated , was put together with figure 8 and an additional ring around it.

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      sheila 2 years ago

      Im sharing about how kneecap break was an "other". Riding mtn bike, standing on pedels, going uphill on sand making tight left turn while ducking treebranches. Rear tire slid out on tree root as i went down left knee cap impacted direct upturned corner of "climing bars". My stance was off, i did it to myself. Splint 2 weeks, cast 10 weeks. Swelling and deep ache going on 3 years the 15 of march. Tore medial meniscus while in full leg cast. Flying along on crutches to catch a bus and my foot got caught.

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      michelle 2 years ago

      I literally was going down the stairs, and by the third step down, my knee snapped, and a horrible pain followed. I never fell or experienced any other kind of trauma. So I am absolutely mystified as to why this happened.

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      Briony 2 years ago

      I am a 19 year old student and managed to break my knee cap in half (transverse fracture) by literally just falling over! It was the most painful thing I have ever experienced and I had the op to wire it together a week later. They gave me absolutely no splint or anything, just a dressing to cover the scar. I had physio on it the very next day after the op and they got me bending to a 20 degree angle and walking with a frame immediately. It was unbelievably painful but I'm very thankful to the physios for making me initially do that. I am now 5 weeks on and have a 140 degree ROM and can walk with one crutch. I believe a lot of the healing process is to do with your mindset and a positive attitude gets you a very long way. I study chemistry at uni and have to be better for my January exams which gives me the motivation to do all my physio exercises everyday as often as possible. I hope to be walking without crutches for my exams in 2 weeks and for it to not be painful for the 2 hour duration! That's my aim :)

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      Shosh 2 years ago

      Your account is informative. Had a stable patella fracture 3 months ago in Portugal. .However, despite having the most old-fashioned treatment ( 2 weeks backslab ,followed by 4 weeks full plaster ), I have recovered full movement and more-or-less back to fitness regime with very little residual pain-I am nearly 65 ,so not a spring chicken.I had also broken my wrist,so could only use one crutch. Difficult to know whether I am just lucky but I was formerly very active,I carried on 'exercising' on immobilser with doctor's permission (just quite a lot of slow walking and some leg lifts),took all the vitamins and glucosamine which are recommended on the internet but I am convinced that the intensive physiotherapy(four times a week for 6 weeks ) has been a crucial factor. The treatment included a graduated exercise programme and soft tissue stimulation with Laser,TENS and ultrasound , followed by pool classes in the integrated sports centre-. In my opinion, the physiotherapy here is better than what is offered in the UK, although, once again, I was lucky to get most of it paid for on work-related insurance(even at full cost it would not have been prohibitively expensive) and to have access to what is probably one of the best facilities in Portugal. I know of the posters here had much more serious injuries but I wanted to offer an account of a positve outcome .

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      kinico 2 years ago

      I'm curious as to how your knee flexion is now? I'm 4 months post displaced fx. Have had pt for two months, still getting only 45 to 50°flexion under pressure. I'm pretty sure a manipulation and arthroscopic surgery are next to help me bend it.

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      Margaret 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info. I am one week into this painful ordeal and looking for a glimmer of hope. I am on a 30 day anticoagulant regimen, so cannot take any pain medication, but so far managing ok.

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      melissa-g-taylor-31 3 years ago

      I was in a car accident on Dec. 29,2013. I had to be extricated from my car. I broke my ulna and patella in the accident. I have a lot of health issues, and I feel that is the reason for my slow healing. I was finally told by the doctor that I could remove my immobilizer. But now my knee joint is totally frozen and I am unable to bend me leg at all. I also have constant pain and swelling on my knee. When I mention this to the doctor, he kind of brushes it off and says it's normal. Is it really? I went from being very active to just sitting around in pain all the time. This is driving me crazy. The doctor prescribed Ultram for the pain and that's it. He hasn't mentioned any kind of exercises or physical therapy that would help me. All I got was another doctor's appointment scheduled for June. I'm at a loss and tired of sitting around in pain all the time. Any kind of activity just seems to make it worse. Has anyone else experienced this and is it really normal? Any suggestions, advice, etc is greatly appreciated.

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      wishdreamocean 3 years ago

      I broke my knee in a play wrestle. The fracture was near invisible on X ray, so my doctor thought I had just sprained it. EVENTUALLY I got him to jolly well refer me to a physiotherapist. When I finally got to the physio, she looked at the x ray and saw the break. She said it should have been put in a brace, but that it was now too long since it happened for that. I got some excersises and a little bit of radiotherapy (radiofrequency? ultrasound?)

      Now, six months on, I still have knee pain and am utterly unsure what to to, and am pretty sure it will never heal. I was a runner and did other sports before that, and could dance as well. I am very upset to have lost so much of my ability forever.

      Is there any chance of recovery? Would surgery help?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for your informative lens which I found so useful post op to repair a fractured patella. i am almost 12 months post op and about to visit the OS to check if I can have the 3 screws and wire removed. How was your recovery post hardware removal ie management of new scar, mobility etc. best wishes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi all! Just checkin back in. I'm now 6 mo!!!! Post patella fracture & surgery. I last checked in with PT 3 weeks ago and was at about 134 ROM. It's just really feeling like I'll never be able to fully bend my leg??? It just feels stuck & painful to bend much more. Any thoughts? With this injury is it impossible to get full ROM again? I'm doing very well on weight bearing, easily walking 4 miles a day, able to ride my bike again. Thanks!

      Tiffany

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Debby, I'm not sure that there's a "better" option here, both would be good for knee rehab. Advantage of water exercise is that it is non weight bearing, so less strain on the joint. Advantage of regular would be that you can do it more regularly throughout the day, even at home. Perhaps mix the two?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Which is the better kind of pt aquatic or regular

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks for visiting, I'm pleased you found it interesting. Any knee injury is hard work to deal with and recover from, so hopefully this lens will be useful to others too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I remember my mother breaking her knee cap many years ago. This is very informative and helpful to anyone suffering a broken knee cap. I had a knee replacement about 13 years ago. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thanks for your comment Rawwwwwws. Its important to me that the lens is helpful to others as I know how much I appreciated any help or advice that I could find when I was in the early stages of this injury.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, enjoyed my time passing by your lens! Your lens was so meaningful.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @kimark421: Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks for coming back with your blessings! Best wishes for 2013 to you too!!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Catherine, sorry to hear about you injury but pleased to hear you are doing well. The daily exercise regime will definitely be contributing to your good progress. I still do half an hour a day even now. If I miss a day or two my quad muscles soon let me know with an aching reminder. Glad you've found this page useful, good luck with your rehab!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks for you good wishes. I am pretty much doing the things I was doing before the injury again now, apart from stairs and steps. Getting used to the adjustments I've had to make and hoping that things will continue to improve over the coming year.

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      kimark421 4 years ago

      Ouch! Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing your story!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fractured my patell last August. Had the surgery with 2 pins and wire mesh. Was released from PT in late November. I have 130 RM. Would like to know how many times a week you exercise. I have an hour routine, but I am getting bored doing them daily. Your blog is the best I have found. Thank you so much!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is not anything but nice to see

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      You have been through a great deal with this nasty break. Hope you are experiencing a high quality of life again. I once thought I had broken my knee cap during a remote canyon hiking excursion. Fortunately, I was able to hobble back to civilization despite an extremely painful injury. Thanks for sharing information and resources that can help others heal. Wishing you all the very best.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you, I hope you don't need to use it either. But will continue to post experiences for as long as its helping others Vallain

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @cjbmeb14 lm: thanks for visiting, it was nasty at the time but we're getting there now

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you, my intention when I set up this lens was to share my experiences in the hope someone else may find the information useful

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I hope I won't ever need to use the info you've provided here. Obviously you are helping a lot of people in the same situation. Good work.

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Sounds really nasty.

      Great lens though.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I love how this page is helping others! Blessed!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @Metalpriest: Thanks for the tip, I'm taking a calcium supplement now because I've had several other broken bones in the past and starting to think there's a weakness there generally.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: I guess I'm lucky in that respect, I sit for most of my work and just hobble around when I'm training people

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Oh poor doggy, hope you manage to find what you need to help him

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Ben, getting there slowly!

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      Awesome lens. Very informative. I have also found that eating lots of egg and other protein rich food items improves the health of our bones, as well as the knee caps.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      My brother in law has knee problems - he's had multiple surgeries and has needed to be retrained for another job

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lense. I like some of the knee braces you've listed. I got a dog dealing with some knee problems, I'm trying to find a good dog knee brace for him. Not in much pain, just struggles to get around at times.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens and I'm wishing you a speedy recovery.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @MelRootsNWrites: Thanks for visiting, I hope your sister is fully recovered now, I've heard some physios can be a bit over enthusiastic! I guess I was lucky that mine were relatively gentle with me!

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks keetykaa, I wanted to share my own experiences and put all of the useful info i found on the internet together in one place. I hope I've achieved that and that it helps someone in the same situation

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thankfully, I have no memory of the pain, I think the shock helped me to block it out. The rehab for me has been more of a constant, challenging ache, than pain. I've heard of others who have real bad pain experiences though, so I guess I have that to be thankful for Janis

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @AshleyCarew1: Yes, and its quite humbling to reflect on how much you life can be changed in the split second when you hit the floor too Ashley! Thanks for visiting.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      @justmelucy: Some of us have bad luck with bones it seems ... I've broken my arm four times and now it seems I'm starting on my legs! Hope you are feeling better by now.

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      Melody Lassalle 4 years ago from California

      Wow! Sounds like you've been through a lot. My sister broke her knee a few years back. The recovery was slow. Then, they over did it in PT and the muscles on one side were too strong. Her knee cap ended up popping out of place. She had to go back for surgery and start over. Glad to see you are recoverd and thanks for sharing your story!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice from you that you shared your own experiences with us. Great lens ;)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      It seems like this would be so painful.

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      AshleyCarew1 4 years ago

      Nasty injury! That first pic really shows the fragility of the human body!

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Great lens with so much information. My fractured ribs from a few years back have healed. Now I am in my third week wearing a splint after 9 weeks in a cast to repair a shattered wrist. Wouldn't you know it would be my dominate right hand. My typing is all hunt and peck for awhile.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks for your blessings, I got a Reiki treatment after my second surgery which I believe helped me begin to build my confidence again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Celticep: I really understand you, and I feel for you .Last year, I torn my lcl and damaged a nerve, it was really painful at that moment but the rehab is the most difficult part , specially getting that knee bent. I'm still working on it everyday :)

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      My sympathy for all you have been through. One can only imagine and I know about muscles and immobilisation. My daughter injured her leg in a bus accident and it was boound up for a few weeks and the muscles shortened. Fortunately a good naturapath, some accupuncture and finally spiritual healing fixed it. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Goodness; I guess I didn't realize how long you had to keep your knee imobile. I learned a lot from your article. Keep well!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I took a fall last night at a meeting (embarrassing!) and I skinned it up pretty good. I was thinking how lucky I was it didn't end up worse. I completely sympathize with your journey and change in plans for the time being. Likie Julie says, we really don't realize how much we depend on our knees. You aren't going anywhere very fast if something happens to one. Great lens, thanks for the info and I hope you are back on the fast track again! B : )

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Yes we do Julie, I think I read somewhere that its the joint that takes the most strain on a daily basis. I would never have imagined how debilitating a knee injury could be. Getting there though, slowly :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, can't imagine dealing with a broken patella. We rely on our knees probably more than we imagine.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Hope I never have to deal with this -- looks quite painful.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      A very interesting lens, as I commented after the poll, above I have undergone a knee replacement aand recognise many of the difficulties that you have had. I believe however that after the operation I had a head start, as I was supposed to walk on crutches virtually as soon as I was back on the ward after the op. The exercise regime was very similar however - as you might expect. I also found the video useful. I still get a few twinges at times and find myself rubbing the knee, I will be trying the massage routine to see if it helps. BTW, thanks for commenting on my lens about my recovery from the op.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I think it would stink if I broke my knee. My mom has suffered with arthritis in her knee. Broken bones hurt!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @Swisstoons: It actually didn't hurt that much when it happened, just a kind of sickly thud, its the rehab that's been the painful part due the to stiffness and muscle weakness. Thanks for visiting and leaving comments! :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow. It hurts just thinking about this. I've whacked them(or had them whacked) a few times...and that was bad enough. It can leave you fairly whimpering.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for your good wishes Susan :)

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you so much. I've read that ACL, along with most other knees injuries, are extremely painful and like the patella fracture, take a lot of rehab to get them back to anywhere near normal. The pedals are brilliant, I know I will keep using them even later on to keep things moving, hope yours come in useful too :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Bless your heart. And your poor patella! Thanks for sharing your first-hand advice. Stay safe!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I never broke my patella, but I did break my ACL and needed surgery (4 months later) once car insurance decided to pay for it. Took me one year in PT to get my range of motion back. Slept in a brace to both bend and straighten my leg. Good luck healing! It's years later but I recently ordered one of these peddle thingys and hope it will keep me active.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Thanks Flycatcher, Squidoo is certainly helping to fill the time :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This injury sounds just appallingly painful and frustrating for you! But as it seems to have brought you to join the Squidoo community, I guess that just goes to show "it's an ill wind that blow no good" after all. Welcome!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @debnet: Thanks Deb. I hear that tendon injuries can be just as (if not more) painful than a break. In fact, the break and the 6 weeks it took to fix it were not so bad, its the rehab of the wasted muscles and stiff joint that's proving to be the real pain, in more ways than one! Keeping positive though, thanks for your comments again. Cari

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      OUCH!! I once pulled the tendons around my knee and that was bad enough!! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      @DIY Mary: Thanks Mary, its a slow process but I'm getting there :)

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      It sounds as if you have been through quite an ordeal. I wish you luck with your recovery!