Patella Dislocation

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
  • Swelling
  • 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.


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