Knee Fracture – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco is a renowned group of knee surgeons providing comprehensive treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They specialize in diagnosing, assessing and managing all types of knee fractures.

Knee Fracture

The knee is a large hinge joint that allows the leg to bend, move and straighten. It plays a crucial role in daily activities such as walking, sitting, standing, running, jumping, climbing stairs etc. A Knee Fracture occurs when any of three bones in the joint, namely femur, tibia or patella, break or crack. The injury can occur to anybody but is commonly seen in athletes and older people.

Causes

  • Direct or indirect trauma
  • Fall or incorrect landing from a jump
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Sports injuries particularly during contact sports
  • Overuse
  • Repetitive activities
  • Extending the knee beyond its normal range of motion
  • Low bone density
  • Degenerative conditions such as Osteoarthritis

Symptoms

  • Severe pain
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Tenderness around the site of injury
  • Numbness and weakness in the knee or leg
  • Popping sound at the time of injury
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Pain or grinding sensation when trying to move the knee
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty bending or straightening the leg
  • Visible deformity in the shape of knee
  • Inability to walk or lift the leg

Diagnosis

The knee surgeon may begin the diagnosis with a physical examination of the joint. He may look for swelling, tenderness and signs of bruising around the site of injury. The doctor may also suggest certain imaging tests such as X-ray and MRI to identify the location and severity of the fracture.

Treatment

  • Medications: The knee surgeon may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medications to ease the symptoms of the fracture.   
  • Immobilization: The doctor may also suggest the patient to wear a cast or brace to restrict movement of the knee for a faster recovery. Activities that may strain the joint should also be avoided.
  • Physical Therapy: Once the pain and swelling subsides, physical therapy can help the patient to regain joint strength and range of motion.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment is usually required in case of open or displaced fractures. During the procedure, the knee surgeon may insert metal plates, rods or screws to hold the fractured bones in place.

For more information about the treatment options for Knee Fracture, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.