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How can I heal a dislocated knee cap?

How can I heal a dislocated knee cap?

Exercise or surgery: Frequently, a dislocated knee cap (patella), like a dislocated shoulder, can be successfully treated with intensive physical therapy. Sometimes, however, if the dislocation becomes recurrent, surgery will likely be necessary. ...Read more

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What can be done about my dislocated knee cap?

What can be done about my dislocated knee cap?

Variable: Is this your first event? Problems in the past? See an orthopedist and start pt with a good sports minded therapist. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to rehabilitate your dislocated knee cap?

6 weeks: It usually takes at least 6 weeks to let the ligaments healed. Then at least 6 weeks to regain the strength. ...Read more

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How to treat a dislocated knee cap?

How to treat a dislocated knee cap?

Evaluation Is Key: After reduction and conservative measures to control pain and swelling, the key is to identify associated injuries. If there is a cartilage or osteochondral injury per mri, that problem is managed. If the injury is isolated to the medial patellofemoral ligament, then rehabilitation is the treatment for first time patellar dislocations. Recurrent dislocations are treated differently. ...Read more

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In what cases is surgery needed in dislocated knee cap?

In what cases is surgery needed in dislocated knee cap?

Pain or recurrence: If you keep dislocating your knee cap despite pt rehab, surgery can help stabilize it. If you have persistent pain despite time and pt surgery may help realign the tracking of patella. Dislocation can damage the cartilage which may respond or require surgery. ...Read more

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Can I put full weight/pressure on a dislocated knee cap?

Can I put full weight/pressure on a dislocated knee cap?

Usually yes: Assuming that you have no other injuries to the knee, you should be able to bear weight after this injury. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need surgery from a dislocated knee cap a year ago?

How do I know if I need surgery from a dislocated knee cap a year ago?

Continued symptoms: If you are having continued problems with your knee, surgery may be indicated. Some concerning complaints: your knee cap continues to dislocate, or feels unstable, pain, swelling, etc. ...Read more

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What's the physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap entails?

What's the physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap entails?

Dislocated patella: Need to protect it to avoid further damage. Progressive stretch, strengthening, gentle range of motion, modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, tens, etc. Bracing or taping, vmo exercises, etc. ...Read more

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What is involved in physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap?

What is involved in physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap?

Patellar dislocation: Swelling control, range of motion, patellar mobilization and stretching of lateral structures, strengthening of medial structures and hip abductions, return to function activity as able. This is a progressive activity to identify strength and weaknesses and provide function improvement while returning to activity and preventing recurrence. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have not received physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap?

What can I do if I have not received physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap?

Home Exercises: 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. Http://nycsportsmed. Com/knee-foot-and-ankle. Html. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT. Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Diagnosed with dislocated knee, was immobilized now PT. Having sharp pain below the knee almost in shin, some swelling, knee cap very loose. Worried?

Varies: If when you say you dislocated your knee, you mean you dislocated your knee cap (patella), then it is often associated with a tear in the medial retinaculum. It can often heal on its own or with physical therapy. Rarely, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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G-daughter had 2 knee surgeries n < a yr 2 fix dislocated knee cap still limited n using knee w/o pain now has patellar tendonitis what % 4 future use?

Refer to answer: Usually patella tendonitis is due muscle power disproportion. Unfortunately what most physical therapist concentrate on quad exercise. Buy a pair of ankle weights of 20 lbs. Put it on her ankle. Lie on stomach and do back ward leg exercises 100 set per day. Twice a day each time for 15 minutes put ice pack on patella tendon. Cold lazer three secession helps it tremendously. ...Read more

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I have a tear legment and a dislocated knee cap n the surgeon won't help n I saw one last year n this year. Can a regular er doctor make the call for surgery or do I have to go see a surgeon again?

I have a tear legment and a dislocated knee cap n the surgeon won't help n I saw one last year n this year. Can a regular er doctor make the call for surgery or do I have to go see a surgeon again?

See ORTHO who fixes: Recurrent patellar instability is a common knee problem. Given the fact that you have already failed no operative therapy (assumed from your question and history), you are likely a good candidate to consider for patellar stabilization surgery via an MPFL reconstruction and possible redirecting tibial tubercle osteotomy. Definitely need to become comfortable with new ORTHO surgeon who will operate ...Read more

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I dislocated my knee cap, to the inside of my knee (towards the centerline of body). What can I do?

I dislocated my knee cap, to the inside of my knee (towards the centerline of body). What can I do?

See your doc: The kneecap has a groove that it glides in naturally. If it dislocates it is usually associated with pain and swelling. In some cases the kneecap will spontaneously go back into place but in others medical assistance is required to return it to the groove. Complications may include fracture, cartilage defect, persistent instability. See your doc to fully evaluate for these complications. ...Read more

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