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Kneecap dislocated. When will I be better?

Kneecap dislocated. When will I be better?

Patella brace 6 wks: Generally speaking, an acute patellar dislocation with no underlying patellar alignment issues or history of recurrent instability should respond to about six weeks of bracing with a patellar tracking brace. Surgery is ocassionally recommended to repair the torn structures to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I dislocated my kneecap?

How can I tell if I dislocated my kneecap?

You will know.: Dislocation-the knee cap is on the side of the femur. Subluxation-the knee cap goes to the side but comes back on its own.
See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I dislocated my kneecap is there anything to help with the pain?

I dislocated my kneecap is there anything to help with the pain?

Rest and brace: You to rest your knee with a brace, for a while, anti-inflammatory medication, check it out for possible complication from the dislocation. ...Read more

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What can cause a dislocated kneecap?

What can cause a dislocated kneecap?

Trauma: Most common cause would be trauma, such as a direct blow to the knee, or a twisting injury. Many patients with a dislocated kneecap have anatomy that predisposes them to having that problem. ...Read more

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How do you heal a dislocated kneecap?

How do you heal a dislocated kneecap?

Reduce it: In an acute dislocation, straighten out the leg, reduce the dislocation, brace in extension, allow early healing, weight bear as tolerated in brace, after few weeks, apply function patellar stabilizing brace and start range of motion and progressive resistance rehabilitation exercises. ...Read more

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Dislocated kneecap recovery time long?

Dislocated kneecap recovery time long?

6-12weeks: If it was the first time you dislocated you knee cap, then the usual treatment is 3-6 weeks in a knee immobilizer followed by 6 weeks of physical therapy. I usual put my patients in a patella tracking brace during this six weeks that they wear most of time. After six weeks they only wear it for sports. If it is not the first dislocation then you should really thinking abou having surgery. ...Read more

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Will a dislocated kneecap affect me long?

Will a dislocated kneecap affect me long?

It depend: Some dislocated knee cap (patella) could be simple one it need about 3-4 weeks to get back to normal, some it could complicated it need surgery. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

What are symptoms of a dislocated kneecap?

It depends: If the dislocation recent and traumatic, you will have a lot of pain and cannot move your knee and cannot straighten the knee your knee, some of those are recurrent they are less violent. ...Read more

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What are the signs I have a dislocated kneecap?

What are the signs I have a dislocated kneecap?

Pain and swelling: The kneecap has a groove that it glides in naturally. If it dislocates, slips out of this groove, a pop is typically felt or heard. 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. ...Read more

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How long can I dance after a dislocated kneecap?

Wait 4-6 weeks: I would wait at least 4-6 weeks if it is the first time. Avoid deep squatting and twisting. Make sure you strengthen your vastus medialis of your quadriceps by doing terminal extension exercises. Wear a knee sleeve with a hole for the patella when you first start dancing again. Make sure you are seen by an orthopaedic surgeon because you can have a cartilage injury from the dislocation. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a dislocated kneecap?

How long does it take to heal a dislocated kneecap?

4-8 weeks: It depend on the injury, wither you need surgery or not. ...Read more

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After a dislocated kneecap how long is the recovery?

After a dislocated kneecap how long is the recovery?

Few days to weeks: A kneecap dislocation resulting from a traumatic contact injury may be associated with supporting ligament injury and even fracture to the undersurface of the kneecap. This often takes weeks for recovery. Surgery may even be required a non-contact kneecap dislocation in someone with "loose joints" may only take a few days to resolve. A brace and strengthening exercises are recommended. ...Read more

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What kind of workouts can I safely do with a recovering dislocated kneecap?

What kind of workouts can I safely do with a recovering dislocated kneecap?

Quadriceps +/- brace: Isolated quadriceps contractions, straight leg raises and similar exercises work to strengthen your extensor mechanism. The goal is toobtain balanced muscle symmetry so that the vastus lateralis no longer prefernetially pulls patella into subluxated position. Physical therapy along with a patellar tracking brace can help. ...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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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