Treatment of Knee Fracture
You may NOT require surgery if the broken bones have not been displaced by the force of the injury. Your physician will likely use a splint or knee immobilizing brace to keep your knee straight while it heals. During the healing process, you will not bear any weight on your leg. Most people will need to use crutches during this time. After the bones have healed, a rehabilitation program will be prescribed to build strength and range of motion in your leg. Physical therapy exercises will restore the function of your knee and leg and is vital to getting you back into your daily activities.
If the patella has been pulled apart (displaced), surgery will most likely be indicated. Fractured patellar bones that are not close together often have a difficult time healing or may not heal. Your surgeon will secure the bones using small screws, wires and pins. Occasionally, small bone fragments will need to be removed to improve the healing process and reduce pain.
After knee surgery, a period of healing is recommended, followed by a rehabilitation program that will slowly build strength back into the knee. Strict adherence to physical therapy exercises will optimize your recovery.