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A 36-year-old member asked:

Right patella dislocation. what did i do wrong?

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Dr. Stuart Springer
Sports Medicine 52 years experience
Accident: Did it occur as a result of an accident? Do you have loose joints. Has it happened before?
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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Not much: Patellar dislocations can occur due to joint laxity, anatomic orientation of the knees being a variant of normal, or a completely normal knee sustaining trauma leading to dislocation of the patella. In general, depending on patient age, athletic level etc, a first time patella dislocation is treated non-operatively with a brace and physical therapy. However, realize that there is a 50% chance of a recurrent dislocation. Surgery is indicated for those. Ligament reconstructions to ostoetomies (cutting bone to realign bones) can be done.
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