Knee Fracture – Carrollton, Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving Carrollton and Flower Mound, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of different types of knee fractures.

Knee Fracture

The knee joint comprises of the knee cap (patella), the thigh bone (femur) and two bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula). Knee fracture is a condition when either one or more of these bones are broken, cracked or shattered into multiple pieces. The different types of knee fractures are:

  • Patella Fracture- It occurs when the knee cap is directly hit or stressed
  • Femoral Condyle Fracture- The fracture affects the distal femur and may be accompanied by cartilage loss
  • Tibial Eminence Fracture- It is more common in children and elderly people with weaker and more susceptible joints
  • Tibial Plateau Fracture- This type of fracture occurs when the knee joint is hit with a great force
  • Tibial Tubercle Fracture- It is more common in athletes who perform jumping movements

People who have Osteoporosis or weak knee joints are more prone to knee fractures. A patient generally recovers within 4-6 weeks post treatment but needs to follow certain precautions to avoid any further stress to the joint.

Causes Of Knee Fracture

  • Twisting or moving the knee in a wrong way
  • Fall from a height
  • Sports injury
  • Stress or trauma to the knee joint
  • Direct hit to the knee joint

Symptoms Of Knee Fracture

  • Pain that may get worse when the leg is moved
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Bruising
  • A feeling of bones grinding against each other when moved
  • Inability to bend the knee joint
  • Difficulty in walking or bearing the body weight while standing
  • Muscle spasms may be experienced

Diagnosis Of Knee Fracture

  • Physical examination of the injured knee
  • Detailed analysis of the patient’s medical history
  • Straight leg test may be performed to check the extensor mechanism
  • CT scan may be done in cases of severe injury when X-ray imaging does not provide a clear image
  • MRI may be prescribed to assess any soft tissue damage

Treatment For Knee Fracture

  • Immobilization of the joint using a brace or splint
  • Resting the knee
  • Application of ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Prescription of pain killers to combat pain
  • Elevating the injured leg while resting
  • Avoid putting weight on the injured joint
  • The doctor may manually put the dislocated bones into the right position
  • Surgical rectification using screws, pins, wires, metal plates or rods to put the broken bones back in place
  • Antibiotics may be required in case of open wounds at the point of injury to avoid infection
  • The injured part may be placed in a cast for recovery
  • Physical therapy for strengthening the joint and surrounding muscles

For treatment of knee fracture and other orthopedic conditions, consult Dr. Goodhart.  To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 492-1334 (for Carrollton) and (972) 899-4679 (for Flower Mound).