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Where can a knee cap shifting out of place go?

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Lateral

Nearly all knee caps that shift out of place (dislocate), go to the outside (lateral) side of the knee.

In brief: Lateral

Nearly all knee caps that shift out of place (dislocate), go to the outside (lateral) side of the knee.
Dr. Paul Grutter
Dr. Paul Grutter
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Laterally.

If the kneecap is dislocating, it usually dislocates to the lateral side of your knee ( the outside part of your knee).

In brief: Laterally.

If the kneecap is dislocating, it usually dislocates to the lateral side of your knee ( the outside part of your knee).
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. David Feig
Family Medicine

In brief: Lateral knee

A knee cap that subluxes or dislocates will almost always do so laterally and will sit on the lateral plateau of the tibia.
It will be painful but generally a forceful contraction/flexion of the knee will pop it back into place, and it will bump against the lateral knee and cause pain, swelling and a possible bone bruise. Expect lots of swelling in the knee after a dislocation or subluxation.

In brief: Lateral knee

A knee cap that subluxes or dislocates will almost always do so laterally and will sit on the lateral plateau of the tibia.
It will be painful but generally a forceful contraction/flexion of the knee will pop it back into place, and it will bump against the lateral knee and cause pain, swelling and a possible bone bruise. Expect lots of swelling in the knee after a dislocation or subluxation.
Dr. David Feig
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