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How Long Does A Dislocated Patella Typically Take To Heal
Time varies, but PT: Helps.Patella subluxation/ dislocation rehab focuses on stregthening the surrounding muscles to compensate for ligament laxity. Most subl/ disloc occur laterally (moves outward), & if this is the case with you, focusing on medial (inside) musculature would be recommended. There is also a brace that may be helpful. Before returning to exercises have a x-ray to check for bone or cartilage damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Initial dislocations without significant associated injuries can recover in 4- 6 weeks. Recurrent dislocations or those associated with other injuries may take longer or require surgical treatment to fully recover. Often partial recovery occurs in which one can perform activities in a brace but some symptoms may persist. ...Read more
If PT and nonsurgical methods don't help.what can I do for a dislocated patella,torn fibers,andlateral retinaculum? Surgery?Longer healing time?Help?!
MPFL reconstruction: The main tethering ligament that becomes stretched, injured or actually torn with recurrent patellar dislocations is the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL). Unless absolutely necessary to unload a tight lateral patellar facet, a lateral release is no longer routinely indicated. The status of the patella articular cartilage is also critical to understand as cartilage restoration may be indicated ...Read more
Dislocated patella popped back in but still sideways a little.painful to walk and bend. Ice helps but not enough.Can't take antiinflammatory(on daypro (oxaprozin)?
Patella dislocation: It's still sideways? Are you sure it's back (we say "reduced"). Patellar dislocations are usually easy to manage, but am x-ray is needed to properly asses it. If you didn't see a doc, do see one. Daypro is anti inflammatory and I would not add another. You can safely take Tylenol, (acetaminophen) but this really needs to be seen by a doc. ...Read more
Can a cast be used instead of a knee immobalizer for a dislocated patella if the brace doesn't work?
Low Impact: If this was your first dislocation, at 40, you are unlikely to have another. You need to undergo rehabilitation (physical therapy), if you have not already to reduce your chances of it happening again. You should be fine for low impact activities such as walking, easy biking, some eliptical machines. Until you have completed your therapy- i would avoid running and cutting activities. ...Read more
Usually not: If you dislocated patella the surgery suppose to impove it. ...Read more
Is surgery for a dislocated patella ever required? Or is it always an option? I play soccer and want to keep playing but I don't want surgery.
Sometimes.: If you have had only one dislocation, rehab is probably the way to go. If you have recurrent dislocations, then you should consider surgery. In most cases, if the initial dislocation is the result of a trauma, like a collision on the soccer field, the knee cap won't come out again. If it came out without any trauma, say you just turned around and it popped out, your risk is higher. ...Read more
Avoid twisting: Unless there are some predispositions to dislocation (malalignment), typically patellar dislocations are associated with twisting and axial loads of the knee. So, to avoid, future dislocations, avoid these trauma. Most importantly, it is imperative to strengthen the quadriceps to help improve patellar tracking with knee range of motion. ...Read more
4 weeks to 4 months: This depends on treatment type, severity of injury and associated injuries. If treated surgically, expect a 4-6 month time frame for recovery. If treated without surgery, return to activity can be anywhere from 4-6 weeks. If other internal damage to the knee ligaments or cartilage is present, recovery times can vary. ...Read more
Let see if I could: If you know you tendency for that problem. You could wear brace and try strengthen the muscles by having program to that, avoid sport activity may cause this problem. Do repair of the structures (surgically) to correct any problems could lead to it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Initial (first-time) dislocations are rarely treated surgically unless there are extenuating circumstances or associated injuries which may require surgery. Otherwise, surgery is typically reserved for patients who have demonstrated recurrent instability or who are unable to perform their desired activities due to pain, instability, or apprehension. ...Read more
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