About Patella Dislocations:
Patella dislocation occurs when the kneecap slides too far to one side or another, resulting in complete or partial dislocation. This injury typically causes pain and/or loss of function.
Signs & Symptoms
- Persistent pain
- Feeling of the kneecap shifting or sliding out of its groove
- Feeling of the knee buckling or giving way
- Popping sounds during the time of dislocation
- Changes in the appearance of the knee (misshapen and/or deformations)
How is it Treated?
When the patella has shifted completely out of its groove, a process called reduction may be used, sometimes spontaneously, to return it to its normal position. Patella dislocation resulting in damage to a ligament may require surgical reconstruction. Arthroscopic treatment can be used in cases where there is damage to the articular cartilage in the joint.