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Does a high grade partial tear or the medial retinaculum in the knee require surgery or is physical therapy a better option?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Therapy 1st

If u have dislocated your patella and injured the medial patellofemoral ligament( retinaculum) then physical therapy to strengthen the quads is a good first choice.
If your patella continues to 'slip' or dislocate despite aggressive vmo strengthening/patellar brace then see a board certified ors . Surgical procedures ( including repair/ reconstruction of mpfl) can be discussed. Gl!

In brief: Therapy 1st

If u have dislocated your patella and injured the medial patellofemoral ligament( retinaculum) then physical therapy to strengthen the quads is a good first choice.
If your patella continues to 'slip' or dislocate despite aggressive vmo strengthening/patellar brace then see a board certified ors . Surgical procedures ( including repair/ reconstruction of mpfl) can be discussed. Gl!
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