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Kneecap hit, severe pain. Dent formed, knee sore. Should I get it checked?

Hi I am 49 yrs old about 180 lbs I am in construction and run a big machine while climbing down I somehow really hit my kneecap on the lower step and the pain was awful immediately,could not even move but seemed better as time went on. when I got home from work last night notices a dent in my knee cap.knee is sore but not to say painful.should I have it checked out or what can you tell me Thank You
Asked On : Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description of symptoms , I suspect a fracture of the patella ( a dent in knee cap could be a fracture).

An xray is mandatory to diagnose the bony injury to the patella.

In the meantime, follow the below mentioned general guidelines -

* Rest to the injured part and don’t involve in activities which puts additional strain on the injured tissues.
* Ice packing should be applied for about 20 minutes once in every 2 hours.
* Use elastic compression bandage around the swollen area
* Elevation of the limb
* Analgesic & anti inflammatory medications

Consult an orthopedic surgeon for a detailed evaluation and management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Mon, 5 Aug 2013
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