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Dr. Carol Hulett
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Should I get surgery or physical therapy again after dislocating my patella twice in 4 months? I also might've chipped a piece of cartilage inside.

Should I get surgery or physical therapy again after dislocating my patella twice in 4 months? I also might've chipped a piece of cartilage inside.

Patella dislocation: Difficult question. If you were adequately and completely rehabilitated following the first episode and dislocated again then surgery may be a better and more conservative answer to prevent further damage. If there is possibility of loose body from chipping surgery is highly appropriate. You need to talk frankly with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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My kneecap hurts after falling. What is treatment?

My kneecap hurts after falling. What is treatment?

R.I.C.E: Rest, ice, compression and elevation are the basic things for trauma. Homeopathic arnica can really help as can homeopathic bryonia. Keeping leg elevated helps a lot to keep blood circulating and decreasing discomfort. If pain continues or you have significant swelling you will need to be evaluated. You may find that traumeel also helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Farr
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Which treatment can you get for damaged cartilage under the kneecap?

Which treatment can you get for damaged cartilage under the kneecap?

Treatments vary: Treatment of symptomatic patellar cartilage lesions is dependent on a variety of factors, which require a book chapter. Briefly, treatments range from soft tissue balancing and realignment alone to chondroplasty to cartilage restoration ( marrow stimulation, autograft, allograft, cell therapy). Consult with a patellofemoral cartilage restoration specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Can you recover from fractured kneecap and if so- what is treatment?

Can you recover from fractured kneecap and if so- what is treatment?

Yes: The treatment is different based on how bad the fracture is. It can vary from non-operative to repair to removal of the kneecap. Your orthopedic surgeon will be able to give you more specific info, but yes, you can recover from it. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Dr. William Lages
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I dislocated my kneecap for the second time in 4 months. Is surgery the main treatment or is rehab still an option?

I dislocated my kneecap for the second time in 4 months. Is surgery the main treatment or is rehab still an option?

Depends: Is this due to unusual trauma, contact sports, everyday activities such as climbing stairs, etc. What do the x-rays or M.R.I.s show. Has surgery been suggested or has rehab treatment been ordered by a physical therapist? Do you have hypereleasticity?' As a generalization, in your age group, if feasible, rehab would be preferred to surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

This depends on ...: What kind of dislocation? I would guess your knee cap slid out of position and when it came back a piece of the knee cap fractured. In this case the knee cap fracture dictates the treatment course. If the fracture is out of position you may need surgery. If it is not, bracing followed by pt can be helpful. Ultimately if knee cap is unstable you may need surgery to repair ligaments. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Everett
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I had total knee revision March. By end April kneecap subluxes. Cause and treatment now.? In brace medial side pull

I had total knee revision March. By end April kneecap subluxes. Cause and treatment now.?  In brace  medial side pull

Exercise/brace/docto: Straight leg raise exercises will strengthen your quadriceps and pull the patella (kneecap) into place. I am sure that you were instructed how to do these after your operation. Lie on the floor and lift your leg up 18 inches with your leg locked straight. Hopefully do this wear combat boot or a weight of some king and hold it there for 40 seconds and repeat. Do both legs and see doctor ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Muldoon
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2 knee surgeries L knee, meniscus removal,tendon release,13 and 7yrs ago.Feels like bone on bone,severe arthritis,floating kneecap.Treatment options?

2 knee surgeries L knee, meniscus removal,tendon release,13 and 7yrs ago.Feels like bone on bone,severe arthritis,floating kneecap.Treatment options?

Need xrays/MRI: If there is full thickness cartilage loss allograft resurfacing is my first choice with an osteotomy as needed to unload the medial compartment Eventually some form of prosthetic knee replacement will be required but should be avoided as long as possible ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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I fell onto my right knee and kneeCAP is numb. Calf and foot are NOT numb. Knee is very bruised but still has full range of motion. Treatment advice?

I fell onto my right knee and kneeCAP is numb. Calf and foot are NOT numb. Knee is very bruised but still has full range of motion. Treatment advice?

Tincture of time: It generally takes 2-3 wks for bruising to resolve. The numbness is likely due to the swelling and will probably improve as the swelling goes down. The bruising will probably extend down the leg before it completely resolves. ...Read more

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