Dr. Kouyoumjian is a leading orthopedic surgeon serving the community of Plano, TX. He specializes in treating a wide range of knee injuries and illnesses including sprains, strains, fractures, ligament tears etc.
The knee is a flexible joint that allows walking, running and bears the weight of the body while standing, is definitely prone to injuries and trauma. This joint is made up of the upper leg bone, also called Femur or Thighbone, two lower leg bones, called Tibia and Fibula, and the kneecap or Patella. A crack or breakage on one or more of these parts leads to a fracture.
Causes Of Knee Fracture:
Symptoms Of Knee Fracture:
Injury: A sudden fall or an accident where the impact to the knee has been direct may result in the breaking of one or more bones of the knee.
Sports: Athletes involved in high impact sports often injure their knee due to running, falling or on-field accidents.
Being overweight: If one is overweight, the stress on the knee joint is more and even a slight twist may cause the bone to break/crack.
Overuse: If an injury of the past has not been treated completely and the knee joint is still in excessive use the person is more susceptible to a fracture.
Age: With age, the cushioning elements in knee joint like the cartilage and muscles, start weakening thus reducing the protective layer around the bones, making them fragile.
Diagnosis Of Knee Fracture:
Pain, swelling and tenderness around the joint.
Pain when the affected area is touched.
Pain while moving the knee for walking, sitting or running.
Inability to move the knee.
Grinding or grating sensation when trying to move the knee.
Change in the shape of the leg. It may appear twisted or the bone may protrude out.
In most cases, an X-ray can accurately determine the extent of damage to the knee. The orthopedic doctor may inquire about the injury, kind of impact etc. and in some cases may even recommend a CT scan to view the entire structure of the affected knee.
Treatment For Knee Fracture:
The treatment method will depend on the degree of displacement of the bone.
: If it is a major fracture, a surgery may be required to fix the broken bones. In cases when the bone is coming out of the skin, surgery may be done to treat fully. Nails, screws or plate may have to be placed within the joint to hold all parts together.
: Putting a cast around the injured knee may help to restrict its movement and stabilize the joint. Usually on for a period of 6-12 weeks, the cast is then replaced with a knee brace.
Dr. Kouyoumjian provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for knee fracture. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.