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Patella Dislocation

Information on Patella Dislocation

A dislocated kneecap (or Patella Dislocation) happens when the patella (kneecap) dislodges from its groove at the end of the thigh bone (femur), relocating to the outer side of the knee joint. This displacement can lead to stretching or tearing of the supporting ligaments and tendons. While it's frequently observed in young female athletes, any twisting injury to the knee can cause this condition.


The treatment of patellar dislocation, whether surgical or non-surgical, aims to restore stability to the knee joint and prevent future dislocations. Non-surgical approaches often begin with conservative measures such as immobilization with a brace or splint, followed by physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve joint stability. These methods can be effective, particularly for first-time dislocations or cases where the dislocation is not severe. However, in recurrent or more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to address underlying structural issues and prevent further instability. Surgical options may include procedures to repair damaged ligaments, realign the patella, or correct any bony abnormalities contributing to the dislocation.

Orthopedic surgeons may recommend surgical treatments such as medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy, or other procedures tailored to the individual's specific needs. Following surgery, a comprehensive rehabilitation program is essential to optimize recovery and restore full function to the knee. This typically involves a progressive rehabilitation protocol supervised by a physical therapist, focusing on restoring range of motion, strength, and stability to the knee joint.

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