Patella Fracture (Broken Kneecap)
It’s fairly easy to break a kneecap simply by virtue of its position as a shield for the knee joint. This is a serious injury and one that usually requires surgical repair. Find out more about who’s at risk for this condition.
Causes & Triggers
- Direct blow
- High-impact trauma (especially motor vehicle accident)
Signs & Symptoms
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to straighten knee
Tips & Treatment
- Only about one percent of fractures are patellar fractures.
- Patella fracture is twice as common in men than women.
- People ages 20-50 are most at risk for this type of fracture.
- Patellar fractures vary from having a slight crack in the kneecap to one that’s broken in multiple pieces.
- Surgical treatment is usually required, along with post-operative physical therapy.