Patella Fracture Recovery
The recovery period may last from weeks to months, depending up on the injury and the anticipated activity levels of the patient. In general, more minor fractures will require only that you stop or limit only certain activities, such as climbing stairs, for a period of four to six weeks. You may have a cast, or only a removable splint. Your doctor will decide this.
You may need to keep your weight off the injured leg for a period of time. Your doctor will let you know if this is necessary.
To relieve pain, you can ice the area several times a day for the first few days. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe painkillers.
A broken patella can happen to anyone. Do what you can to avoid falls. Drive defensively, as many of these injuries happen during car accidents. Do what you can to prevent this type of injury from happening to you, and if it does give Orthopedic Associates a call.