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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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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

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