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.
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.
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.
Highly variable time. 1st time patella dislocations are usually treated effectively without surgery and a period of bracing (patella tracking brace). Healing of the injured ligament (medial patellofemoral ligament [mpfl]) takes 6-10 weekscombined with physical therapy to strengthen the thigh muscles. Chronic recurrent patella subluxations and dislocations may require surgery to repair/reconstruct the mpfl then therapy.
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.
8-12 weeks. It depend what kind of fracture and the treatment method.
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.
You'll live. You will survive.
Of course you will! The patella typically dislocates to the outside (lateral side) of the knee. Your doctor will assess you for associated injuries (for example, ligament tear and patella osteochondral fracture). You also want to be evaluated for risk factors including easily modifiable issues like weak quads (in particular the vastus medialis. High risk of recurrence so seek treatment by a sports med specialist.
Dislocated patella. Dislocation of the patela is trumatic injury, you see the patella most likely going side wise to the outer aspect of the knee.
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.
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...
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.