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Could I have fractured my knee cap?

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  • Posted By: minaluna
  • May 1, 2008
  • 04:46 PM

Exactly a week ago, I slipped on our tile floor and in trying to break my fall, I landed on my left knee. There was this severe burning in my knee, which seemed to last forever. I had a bruise and some swelling, but both seem to be going away. However, I can barely touch my knee because the burning sensation comes back. If I gently bump my knee against something it hurts bad. I've thought that perhaps I fractured something, but I don't have any trouble walking. Should I let time heal it, or should I have it checked out? :confused::confused::confused: Any advice is greatly appreciated!


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  • Does your knee hurt all the time or only when you touch it? Although a fracture is possible it would probably hurt all the time. Since you said it is more of a burning sensation, you may have damaged or pinched some nerves. I don't know how old you are or if you have had fractures in the past (may be more prone to other fractures), so it never hurts (no pun intended) to talk to a doctor about the pain. Best of luck!
    GD2005 61 Replies Flag this Response
  • No, it doesn't hurt all the time... only when I touch it. I will wait another week and if I still have the "burning" sensation, then I will give my doctor a call. Like you, I doubt that I fractured it because I don't have any problems walking. I'm 35 y/o and I've never had any fractures in the past, so it sounds like I might've pinched some kind of nerve. Thanks for the advice!
    minaluna 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Honestly, you can't tell by feeling, or even by movement of a limb after an injury, if it's broken. This is an old wive's tale. You should get an x-ray to make sure a broken bone isn't pressing on a nerve.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Aquila, thanks for your advice. I will definitely try to get in to see the doc next week just to be on the safe side (my husband's been urging me to go since I first fell). I noticed this morning that there is a big lump on my knee, which I didn't notice before because of the bruising. The lump is really sensitive to the touch.
    minaluna 6 Replies Flag this Response
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