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Treatment for bone bruise - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   I fell hard on my knee. MRI shows bone bruise of the medial tibial plateau. My ortho dr, is at a conference until Monday. Wondering about tx. Is that the same thing as a non displaced fracture? I find treatment indications for that are rest, elevate, ice and stay off..
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   i am Dr xxx here
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   Hello, I got the MRI last night and I've been out of work for a week since the injury with a knee brace the dr. gave me
User :   Trying to figure out whether a bruise is the same as a non displaced fracture as some websites I read indicated
Doctor :   well you are right here\
Doctor :   its the same as there is no displacement
Doctor :   and you have to treat it with ice packs
Doctor :   rest
Doctor :   and over the counter pain killers
Doctor :   thats about it
User :   what about walking?
Doctor :   you can but with a support
User :   and should I continue with the brace?
Doctor :   and i have to tell you that it will take months to get all better
Doctor :   so please be patience
User :   thanks I will...when would physical therapy be indicated?
Doctor :   But there is nothing to worry about
Doctor :   it depends on first 1 - 2 weeks
Doctor :   if the pain is not subsiding at all then you can go for a therapy
User :   I see
User :   I have to work alot for my work; is that risky
Doctor :   You need rest
Doctor :   if your work does not require long standing then you can
Doctor :   but for next 2 weeks its better to take rest as much as you can
User :   i see what about ice vs. heat?
Doctor :   ICE
User :   anything else I should be aware of or watch for?
Doctor :   and like i said it will months to heal
Doctor :   nothing much really
User :   OK well thank you
Doctor :   just rest is crucial
Doctor :   YOur welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   be well
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