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Dr. Jack Farr
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Patellar Dislocation (Overview)

A pat dislocation means some forces were placed on the knee that caused the patella 2 slid off the femoral grove & end upon the lateral or outer side of the knee, occasionally tho rarer 2 the inner aspect of the knee. Causes r many. Direct trauma, wt bearing & twist or due 2 congen mal alignment. Treatments r many also. C an ortho sports med 4 aval & plan of rx.


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What do you recommend for patellar dislocation?

What do you recommend for patellar dislocation?

Patellar dislocation: Is alway laterally (to the outside of knee). It tends to reocurr. Make the inside muscles of front of thigh stronger by bending knee slightly and lifting it across other knee (like when you cross legs when sitting down). Do repetitions if 5-10 throughout the day. This will keep patella align in the middle so it does not dislocate laterally. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Farr
65 Doctors shared insights

Patellar Dislocation (Overview)

A pat dislocation means some forces were placed on the knee that caused the patella 2 slid off the femoral grove & end upon the lateral or outer side of the knee, occasionally tho rarer 2 the inner aspect of the knee. Causes r many. Direct trauma, wt bearing & twist or due 2 congen mal alignment. Treatments r many also. C an ortho sports med 4 aval & plan of rx.


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Does patellar dislocation usually cause many symptoms?

Does patellar dislocation usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Are you talking about acute dislocation, or recurrent dislocation. All of them have symtoms. ...Read more

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How can I treat patellar dislocation?

How can I treat patellar dislocation?

Reduce it: Obviously the initial treatment for any patella dislocation is
to replace the patella into proper position. The leg should
then be immobilized to allow healing and to allow swelling to
subside.
Then one must evaluate the knee and determine if this is
a onetime traumatic event or a recurrent problem which might
require either physical therapy or a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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It bad to keep running laps if I have patellar dislocation?

It bad to keep running laps if I have patellar dislocation?

Maybe: If you truly had a dislocated patella I doubt you would be able to keep running! unless it popped right back into place.

You have to get your quad muscle strong, the vastus medialis part of the quad strong to prevent further dislocation of the kneecap. You can do this by doing a straight leg raise with your quad muscle contracted. You can also get formal physical therapy from a pt. ...Read more

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How can I treat patellar dislocation?

Reduce it: Obviously the initial treatment for any patella dislocation is
to replace the patella into proper position. The leg should
then be immobilized to allow healing and to allow swelling to
subside.
Then one must evaluate the knee and determine if this is
a onetime traumatic event or a recurrent problem which might
require either physical therapy or a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for patellar dislocation?

Patellar dislocation: Is alway laterally (to the outside of knee). It tends to reocurr. Make the inside muscles of front of thigh stronger by bending knee slightly and lifting it across other knee (like when you cross legs when sitting down). Do repetitions if 5-10 throughout the day. This will keep patella align in the middle so it does not dislocate laterally. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my patellar dislocation go away?

Depends: If this is a 1st dislocation a brace and rehab are needed. 6-8 weeks recovery. If you are a recurrent subluxer work hard on your quads. A patellar training sleeve will help. Surgery is a possibility. ...Read more

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Does patellar dislocation usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Are you talking about acute dislocation, or recurrent dislocation. All of them have symtoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: patellar dislocation?

What is the definition or description of: patellar dislocation?

Slides off femur: A pat dislocation means some forces were placed on the knee that caused the patella 2 slid off the femoral grove & end upon the lateral or outer side of the knee, occasionally tho rarer 2 the inner aspect of the knee. Causes r many. Direct trauma, wt bearing & twist or due 2 congen mal alignment. Treatments r many also. C an ortho sports med 4 aval & plan of rx. ...Read more

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Is patellar dislocation curable?

It's curable: If you really have a history of patella dislocation, it is something
that may be successfully treated with physical therapy, but it
may require a surgical procedure to help realign the patella.
It is important to have an orthopedic exam and possibly an mri
to differentiate a subluxation problem from a dislocation. ...Read more

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Is running bad for a patellar dislocation?

Is running bad for a patellar dislocation?

Not necessarily: I have many patients with patella instability
who run.
The use of quad strengthening will help
a patella instability issue.
Also use of a patella stabilization sleeve
will help somewhat.
I would recommend running on level
surfaces and avoid hills, stairs, and
crouching. ...Read more

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Is patellar dislocation completely curable?

Is patellar dislocation completely curable?

Yes, if properly...: If properly treated yes. But you may have contibuting factors which make it occur. Being knock kneed can potentiate this, as can hypermobility. A Chop-pat knee strap can help! ...Read more

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Should I keep running if I have patellar dislocation?

Should I keep running if I have patellar dislocation?

First rehab: First you need a proper rehab program after your knee has been evaluated by orthopaedic surgeon with possible MRI to check for damage to the cartilage and possible chipped of piece of cartilage. A program working on the inner (medial) quadriceps muscle is needed to help stabilize the patella and the use of a patella brace to help hold the patella centrally would be beneficial during the healing. ...Read more

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Do people with patellar dislocation have a lot of pain?

Do people with patellar dislocation have a lot of pain?

Some do not: As with any dislocation, there are those patients with loose (or lax) joints. Some patients can experience dislocations without any pain and without any apparent injury. Their ligaments are loose enough to allow it. Most patients that dislocate the patella have an underlying predisposition (or problem that allows dislocation). An injury or trauma can then tear the ligaments that hold the patella. ...Read more

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It bad to keep running laps if I have patellar dislocation?

Maybe: If you truly had a dislocated patella I doubt you would be able to keep running! unless it popped right back into place.

You have to get your quad muscle strong, the vastus medialis part of the quad strong to prevent further dislocation of the kneecap. You can do this by doing a straight leg raise with your quad muscle contracted. You can also get formal physical therapy from a pt. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tear the ACL during a patellar dislocation?

Is it possible to tear the ACL during a patellar dislocation?

Yes: Generally patellar dislocations are not commonly associated with acl tears. However, severe injuries can injure a several structures within the knee. Your orthopedist can easily diagnose an acl tear with an exam and or mri. ...Read more

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At home exercise to strengthen knee after patellar dislocation?

At home exercise to strengthen knee after patellar dislocation?

SLR's: Straight leg raises w/ a 1 or 2 lb. Ankle wt. On a daily basis (start w/ 25 and buld up to 100 per day).Lay flat on back, bend good knee to 90 degrees;.Then bring ankle back on weak leg (tightening hamstring group) then tighten quads and pick up leg and hold a foot or so off floor or couch and hold for a count of 10.Then let down relax both muscle groups and then repeat. Look up diagram of exercise. ...Read more

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For post patellar dislocation, can knee supports really support the knee from recurring patellar dislocation?

For post patellar dislocation, can knee supports really support the knee from recurring patellar dislocation?

Patellar dislocation: If you do your rehab and utilize your brace you have a chance for recovery without recurrence, but you are more at risk for redislocation than individual that has not had a dislocation. There are multiple structural factors which come into play. This is something for you to discuss with your orthopedist ...Read more

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Could surgery for a patellar dislocation allow me to play softball this season?

Small chance: You want the tissues to heal and tighten so it doesn't keep reoccurring. Most tissue repairs take 6-8 weeks to heal at a minimum. If it is just an arthroscopic lateral release, possibly. If the ligaments are repaired or there is a realignment procedure I personally would work on my rehab real good an get ready for next season. ...Read more

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Femur lateral condyle bruise after patellar dislocation. Can't bend leg past 45 degrees in supine position. But can bend it upto 100 while sitting? Why: (

Femur lateral condyle bruise after patellar dislocation. Can't bend leg past 45 degrees in supine position. But can bend it upto 100 while sitting? Why: (

MRI: Obtian and orhtopedic consultation: you may have scar tissue or debris form the injury in the joint, possibly fluid. Nonetheless, obtain an immediate orthopedic consultation. ...Read more

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27 year old female. Had lateral patellar dislocation in feb. My MRI shows bone bruise on lateral condyle of femur and minimal joint effusion. Treatment?

27 year old female. Had lateral patellar dislocation in feb. My MRI shows bone bruise on lateral condyle of femur and minimal joint effusion. Treatment?

Conservative: Treatment- nsaids, warms packs /ace wrap application, physical therapy, immobilization with a brace. The small fluid accumulation may resolve by itself otherwise it needs to be drained if it builds up. Follow up with ur orthopedic. Best wishes! Http://reference. Medscape. Com/article/90068-treatment#showall. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after finishing growing/adolescence, will I stop having patellar dislocations?

It's possible.: As we age, we know from history, that patellar dislocations can stop, or be minimized. See an orthopedic knee specialist who can be more specific with your concern. ...Read more

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I get patellar dislocations very often for 6 years. Every doc I've seen has said tough luck. Or wants to X-ray but nothing ever shows up what do I do?

I get patellar dislocations very often for 6 years. Every doc I've seen has said tough luck. Or wants to X-ray but nothing ever shows up what do I do?

Orthopaedic surgeon: Hi,

Patella dislocations can be baffling to non-specialists, however our knowledge has come a long way in recent years. It is important to not ignore repeated dislocations. There are minimally-invasive ways to prevent this. Each dislocation can cause cartilage damage. It is important you are evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who completed a sports medicine fellowship. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what knee cap dislocation really is?

Can you clarify what knee cap dislocation really is?

Patella dislocation: During knee flexion, the knee cap or patella normally tracks in a groove in the distal femur called the trochlea. During a patellar dislocation, a traumatic event causes the patella to track outside of this groove while the knee flexes. This can injure some of the stabilizing structures surrounding the patella and can place a patient at risk fora future dislocation event. ...Read more

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I would like some advice for my knee cap dislocation please?

Strenghten: Quads with weights, if not enough, then surgery to tighten. Talk to orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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Are there different options for treating knee cap dislocation?

Ortho consult: There are multiple different non-surgical and surgical options. It is important to make an appt with an ortho doctor. Some of the important factors are age at first dislocation, associated injuries, number of dislocations, knee malalignment, and generalized "loose ligaments", etc. A doctor needs to assess these factors prior to determining which treatment is appropriate. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
867 Doctors shared insights

Dislocation (Definition)

Basically a joint dislocation is when the joint whatever it is either a knee, ac joint ankle etc doesn't line up and shifts out of place and there is a deformity of that joint. Often times dislocations need to be reduced or put back into alignment by special techniques. ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
667 Doctors shared insights

Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more