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How long does a dislocated patella typically take to heal?

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 more

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How long does dislocated patella take to heal?

How long does dislocated patella take to heal?

Weeks: If this is your first dislocation, typically it takes a couple of weeks for the acute pain and swelling to subside. Subsequently, as you begin your rehabilitation, there will be stiffness and soreness that can take a few months to completely resolve. ...Read more

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How long will a dislocated patella take to heal?

How long will a dislocated patella take to heal?

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

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Fractured dislocated patella. How long would it take to recover?

Fractured dislocated patella. How long would it take to recover?

8-12 weeks: It depend what kind of fracture and the treatment method. ...Read more

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What are possible short- and long-term problems of dislocated patella?

What are possible short- and long-term problems of dislocated patella?

Let see: Short term: the recurrence of the dislocation and may be fracture of the patella. The long term to have arthritis in the patellofemroal joint. ...Read more

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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?!

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

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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)?

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

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Can a cast be used instead of a knee immobalizer for a dislocated patella if the brace doesn't work?

Can a cast be used instead of a knee immobalizer for a dislocated patella if the brace doesn't work?

Yes if no surgery is: Needed, braces R removable (temptation is there) & tend 2 slip down if U do not have the perfect leg. That's my opinion, & it's a judgment call. All ortho guys don't Rx the same, & nothing wrong with that. ...Read more

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What sign is normal for a dislocated patella?

What sign is normal for a dislocated patella?

Pain/defomity: If your patella was dislocated then you would be in severe pain and unable to move the knee which is often stuck in a fixed position due to pain. The knee looks abnormal and the knee cap is generally moved to the outside of the knee. ...Read more

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Dislocated patella and recently began to hurt?

Dislocated patella and recently began to hurt?

PT, PT, PT: You need to get on a good pt program. Strengthen the inside muscle (vmo). See an orthopedist to make sure nothing else is wrong.
A bike is your best friend now... ...Read more

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What activities are okay after having a dislocated patella?

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

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Can the dislocated patella be messed up during a surgery?

Usually not: If you dislocated patella the surgery suppose to impove it. ...Read more

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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.
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How to prevent getting a dislocated patella?

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

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What is the dislocated patella rehab timetable?

What is the dislocated patella rehab timetable?

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

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What are some ways to prevent dislocated patella?

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

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Do I have to have surgery for a dislocated patella?

Do I have to have surgery for a dislocated patella?

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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Dislocated patella I have patella Alta do I need surgery?

Dislocated patella: I don't know whether you need surgery but you MUST see a Specialist as soon as possible. Please have your Primary doctor refer you to the Specialist!

Please let me know how things go! ...Read more

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What is a good knee sleeve for a dislocated patella?

Central cutout: Look for a sleeve/brace with a central cutout that will help to hold the patella. Firm supports to the side of the cutout will help to provide even more protection. ...Read more

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What first aid should be given for a dislocated patella?

What first aid should be given for a dislocated patella?

Reduce it: The best treatment by a trained individual would be to reduce
the dislocation. Once back in place the patient will have less
swelling, and be much more comfortable.
If you responder cannot reduce it, splinting the knee and ice
would be the best until definiitive treatment can be provided. ...Read more

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What happens after the cast comes off dislocated patella?

What happens after the cast comes off dislocated patella?

Rehabilitation: After a short period of immobilization, comes rehabilitation focused at strengthening the quadriceps muscles particularly the part of the quadriceps on the medial aspect of the knee. These are dynamic stabilizers of the knee and help with tracking of the knee cap. ...Read more

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What ongoing therapy can be used for dislocated patella?

What you mean?: If you mean the patella is dislocated it have to be relocated and kept in a cast or brace tell it healed. ...Read more

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Can a dislocated patella cause rsd?

Yes: If it injures the nerves to that area causing chronic pain. Chronic pain can lead to maldunction of your sympathetic nervous system and thus rsd. ...Read more

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What are the best daily exercises to strengthen a partially dislocated patella? I'm a bodybuilder and I have access to most of the exercising machines

What are the best daily exercises to strengthen a partially dislocated patella? I'm a bodybuilder and I have access to most of the exercising machines

Recommended rehab: 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 more

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Teenager that has dislocated patella 13 times in 2 years. Has patella alta, luxating patella and patella tracking disorder. Treatments to help?

Teenager that has dislocated patella 13 times in 2 years. Has patella alta, luxating patella and patella tracking disorder. Treatments to help?

Ortho evaluation: If you have done the quad strengthening and other strengthening exercises and teen still having problems, it may be time to consider surgical intervention to relieve symptoms. I'd suggest at least a consultation with a pediatric orthopedist who specializes in sports injuries, even if this is not happening associated with sports. ...Read more

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Will large effusion of knee go away on its own. Mri shows after dislocated patella on oct 13. It's now nov 8? Ortho has not drained.

Will large effusion of knee go away on its own. Mri shows after dislocated patella on oct 13. It's now nov 8? Ortho has not drained.

Some times go away: After you take care of the underlying cause of the effusion, the effusion will go away. Some surgeon may pirate the knee to make the patient more comfortable.
Some time this indicate muscle weekness. ...Read more

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Knee surgery 3/2012 & 8/2013 for dislocated patella doc moved & had 2 c new doc. He twisted, pulled, etc. Serious pain now. Possible dislocation again?

Knee surgery 3/2012 & 8/2013 for dislocated patella doc moved & had 2 c new doc. He twisted, pulled, etc. Serious pain now. Possible dislocation again?

Possibly: The patella is supposed to track the straightening of the knee and depends on the strength of the quadriceps and the quality of the cartilage on the underside to do its job. After surgery, the capsule of the knee can be very tight and painful. Seek referral to a physical therapist to reduce the pain and improve the knee function. Painful movement of the patella can occur without "injury", . ...Read more

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I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast?

I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast?

You can but you may not like it.: When we do a cast for a knee injury it is a straight leg cast. This means that you can't bend your knee at all and you have to hobble around on crutches. Perhaps you can work on fitting that knee brace a little better. ...Read more