Understanding Patella Fracture: Causes and Treatment Options

Patella fracture is often the result of a sudden high impact trauma onto the kneecap for instance the result of a fall. Open fractures may result due to the lack of surrounding tissue around the knee cap, open fractures are characterized by breakage of the skin, damage to tissue and sometimes in the worst case exposure of the bone to the elements.

Most common falls onto the knee will not result in a patella fracture as the bones are robust and are especially robust if you are young and are not suffering from osteoporosis or any affliction that causes weakening of the bones. However severe falls may cause fracture to the kneecap. Always seek treatment ASAP if you start hearing popping noises (where before there was none) and or if you feel the knee then giving out. Also seek treatment if you are suffering severe knee pain after the fall, if it cannot be moved and you begin limping or you notice swelling around the site of the injury. Swelling around the knee is the most common symptom of patella fracture. The swelling is a result of blood leaking from the ends of fractured bone and into the knee joint.

Early intervention is important to avoid complications later, if in doubt it is best to get your knee looked over by a professional for peace of mind.

Intervention and or treatment are usually dependent upon the extent of displacement or breakage of the bones in the fracture. If there is little displacement of the bones that surgery is not normally required and instead a brace is needed in order to keep the bone from moving whilst it is healing. Later on in the treatment program the brace will be removed and a support used to encourage added mobility whilst still limiting movement somewhat so as not to disturb the healing process. The support also acts to protect the knee joint area.

If surgery is required then an incision will need to be made in the knee, the broken misaligned parts of the bone are aligned correctly again using a mixture of methods ranging from metal rods to simpler surgical devices such as screws, wires and pins. Metal implants can be removed later on after the knee is healed if they cause discomfort.

After surgery recovery is similar to those that didn’t require surgery, the important thing to do is keep the knee in a brace that restricts movement as much as possible. Later on supports are used in order to gradually add mobility you can find ours by clicking here.

What are the best knee braces to buy for Patella knee injuries and pain?

Hinged knee brace

1. ACL Hinged Knee Brace – Only £14.99

This Hinged Knee brace is designed to help speed up and improve injury recovery. This knee brace can be worn to help treat and prevent ACL, PCL & MCL knee injuries, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Patella tendonitis, Meniscus Tear, Runners & Jumpers knee, Chondromalacia or irritated knee cap, Patellar tendon sprains and strains. It provides excellent support that helps improve knee stability and function and protects your injured knee from excessive strain and pressure that could cause reinjury and set back your recovery. This knee brace also provides soothing and targeted compression that boosts blood flow to your injured knee to reduce swelling and inflammation, reduce aches and pains and promotes the natural healing process of damaged cells helping you to get you back on your feet quicker.

Osgood Schlatter Knee brace specially designed for easing and treating Osgood Schlatter disease

2. Sports Knee Brace – Only £14.99

This sports knee brace is the ideal solution for any runner or athlete suffering from or wanting to protect their knee from injury. Made from soft, breathable and durable material with moisture wicking properties this knee brace will help keep your knee dry and sweat free whilst running, exercising and playing sports. The adjustable straps allow you to quickly and easily adjust the level of support and compression the knee brace provides. It also features specially designed inbuilt metal knee stabilizer springs either side of the brace to help hold your knee in the correct position and improve knee function and prevent sprains and strains from occurring.

Blue Adjustable Knee brace for Men & Women

3. Adjustable Patella Knee Support Brace For Running & Sports – Only £12.99

This lightweight but very supportive knee brace is ideal for treating and preventing a whole range of knee injuries including but limited to ACL, PCL & MCL knee injuries, Patella tendonitis, Runners & Jumpers knee, Meniscus Tear, Patellar tendon sprains and strains, Chondromalacia or irritated knee cap, Gout, Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. This knee brace features inbuilt metal spring stabilizers that hold your knee in the correct position and is designed to reduce strain and pressure that is placed on the knee joint. The adjustable straps also allow you to change the level of support and compression quickly and easily.

compression knee brace

4. Compression Knee Brace – Only £12.99

This compression knee brace has been specially designed to help support and protect your knee whilst running or playing sports. Wearing this knee brace can also help to speed up your injury recovery by boosting the supply of blood to your damaged knee and ease aches and pains and reduce swelling and inflammation by providing compression on the parts of your knee where you need it the most. This knee brace is often worn to help treat and prevent a wide range of running injuries including ACL, PCL & MCL knee injuries, Patella tendonitis, Meniscus Tear, Runners & Jumpers knee, Chondromalacia or irritated knee cap, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Patellar tendon sprains and strains. To help improve the function of your knee this knee brace features metal spring side stabilizers that helps to keep your knee joint in the correct position and prevent movement from causing damage to your knee joint. It is the perfect choice for running, exercise and sports use because it lightweight, breathable and has excellent moisture wicking properties that keep your knee dry and sweat free.

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