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Whats a patella dislocation?

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Knee cap: A patella dislocation is when the knee cap comes out of place. This generally occurs towards the outside of the knee and can occur with twisting injuries to the knee. The medial patellofemoral ligament is often injured and there can be injuries to the cartilage inside the knee. As long as there are no cartilage injuries and it is the initial dislocation, they typically respond well to therapy.
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Dr. Jack Farr
Dr. Jack Farr commented
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
In addition, for a first time dislocation, an MRI can detect cartilage damage. Xrays and the MRI can help make a prognosis for future dislocations. important information includes: height of the patella, shape of the femoral trochlear groove, the site of the MPFL tear and the relative position of the tibial tuberosity (tibial attachment of the patellar tendon).
Oct 5, 2013

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