I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months after doing physical therapy the first time. Should surgery be the main treatment or should rehab?

Rehab before surgery. You're describing a recurrent patella dislocation syndrome. Rehabilitation is always preferred prior to surgery. In the meantime, use of a knee sleeve with a lateral buttress might discourage the knee from dislocating during sport play. Surgery does not always solve the problem. Seek out a competent Orthopedic specialist for advice and persistent problems.

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I dislocated my kneecap for the second time in 4 months. Is surgery the main treatment or is rehab still an option?

Depends. Is this due to unusual trauma, contact sports, everyday activities such as climbing stairs, etc. What do the x-rays or M.R.I.s show. Has surgery been suggested or has rehab treatment been ordered by a physical therapist? Do you have hypereleasticity?' As a generalization, in your age group, if feasible, rehab would be preferred to surgery. Read more...

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...

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...

What can I do if I have not received physical therapy for a dislocated knee cap?

Home Exercises. In general, depending on patient age, athletic level etc, a first time patella dislocation is treated non-operatively with a brace and physical therapy. However, realize that there is a 50% chance of a recurrent dislocation. Surgery is indicated for those. Ligament reconstructions to ostoetomies (cutting bone to realign bones) can be done. http://nycsportsmed.com/knee-foot-and-ankle.html. Read more...

I have somethimg called patella tracking syndrome is there a possibility I would need surgery if physical therapy doesn't help?

Patella tracking. A fairly common problem ,which can improve with consistent strengthening of quad muscles. One has to be willing to stay consistent with this regimen for 12-18 months . It is also necessary to stay away from activities which can further exacerbate the tracking dysfunction. Things like running jumping ,pivoting, squatting, kneeling, going up stairs or ladders. Read more...

I have a disorder called patella tracking syndrome are there any possibilities I would need surgery if physical therapy does not work?

Yes. Typically PT can help strengthen muscles that balance the patella, but if that does not work, a small surgical correction can be done to fix this. A brace can protect from further injury until with it resolves with PT or gets corrected. Read more...

I have had chondromalatia patella for seven years, I have done physical therapy, but it is not better, what should I do, should I have surgery?

You might need it. If you have had the problem for seven years and you have not improved with therapy or other conservative treatments, you may need to consider arthroscopic surgery. While surgery for this problem is not the first line of treatment, an arthroscopic surgery can be helpful to improve the situation. Read more...