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What does a sore kneecap indicate after a fall?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Question: i tripped and fell. it was like a belly flop. i don't think i hurt anything but my knee cap feels funny. it feels like it has sn indent along the center of it, going vertically.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (26 minutes later)
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

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Is there any pain while walking or moving the affected knee joint.
Any color change in skin?
Any other complaints?

If the movements of knee are painless and normal this may be a hematoma/edema.
It is always better to get a plain X-ray of the knee in two views to rule out fracture as some hairline fractures may not cause much symptoms or signs.
Take some anti-inflammatory medications.
Give rest to the affected joint.
Apply crepe bandage in figure of 8 fashion to give support.

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Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr. T Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What does a sore kneecap indicate after a fall?

Brief Answer: Please give additional information. Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Please give some details for me to assist you better: Is there any pain while walking or moving the affected knee joint. Any color change in skin? Any other complaints? If the movements of knee are painless and normal this may be a hematoma/edema. It is always better to get a plain X-ray of the knee in two views to rule out fracture as some hairline fractures may not cause much symptoms or signs. Take some anti-inflammatory medications. Give rest to the affected joint. Apply crepe bandage in figure of 8 fashion to give support. Please give feedback. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Dr. T Chandrakant, General Surgeon