The Knee is the largest joint in the body and it is made of bones connected by ligaments and tendons. Knee fractures and breaks are typically caused by a traumatic accident or sports injury. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, decreased range of motion, and stiffness. To accurately diagnose a knee fracture or break, medical imaging studies such as X-rays and an MRI are ordered and analyzed by an OIBO knee specialist. Nonsurgical treatment options like immobilization, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, and physical therapy may be recommended. Surgery is usually recommended for knee fractures and breaks that disrupt knee joint integrity/anatomy, and the procedure is called an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). Recovery time varies based on the type of injury and the recommended treatment plan. Patients who seek treatment at OIBO recover fully and return to normal activities. To schedule your appointment with a knee specialist call our practice or visit our contact page.
The knee is the largest joint in the body. The femur (leg bone), tibia (shin bone), and patella (knee cap) join to form the knee joint. The bones are connected by ligaments. Tendons connect muscles to the bones. Knee ligaments and tendons help protect, stabilize, and move the knee. Knee ligament and tendon injuries are more common than knee fractures and breaks. Knee fractures and breaks are usually caused by a fall, traumatic accident, or sports injury.
There are many different types of knee fractures and breaks. Pain, swelling, bruising, decreased range of motion, and stiffness are common symptoms. An knee specialist orders and analyzes medical imaging studies (X-rays and an MRI) to accurately diagnose knee fractures and breaks. Customized treatment plans help fractures and breaks heal as quickly as possible.
Nonsurgical treatment options may be used to treat knee fractures and breaks that do not disrupt knee joint integrity/anatomy. Immobilization is very important. OIBO knee specialists place the knee in a comfortable brace, splint, or cast. A wheelchair or crutches are used for the first 2-4 weeks. Bone healing is monitored via X-rays. Once the bone completely heals, patients return to normal activities. Anti-inflammatory and pain medications may be prescribed. Physical therapy may be used as well.
Surgery may be recommended to treat knee fractures and breaks that disrupt knee joint integrity/anatomy. During an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure, an OIBO specialist reduces the fractured bone and uses screws and a plate or rod to fixate it. Immobilization after surgery is important. A comfortable splint is used for 2-4-weeks. Bone healing takes place over many weeks. Patients who have their surgery performed by a knee specialist fully recover.