What should I expect during physical therapy for a kneecap dislocation?

Quad strengthening. Kneecap (patella) dislocations are common knee injuries. Once the reduction is obtained, the goal of therapy (and bracing) is to prevent recurrence. Balanced quadriceps muscle strengthening exercises are stressed to help dynamically stabilize the patella. The injured structures about the inside of the patella should heal with appropriate time, therapy and usually bracing.
See below. You may be put in a brace to keep the kneecap tracking properly, you will be given strengthening exercises to work on the appropriate muscles that keep the kneecap in the groove and "tracking correctly. You will stretch muscles that seem to be too tight and contributing to the problem and strengthen muscles that are week. As you improve you will progress to more challenging exercises.

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What would physical therapy involve for a kneecap dislocation?

PT program. Physical therapy would involve a programs or range of motion, and strengthening. The therapist would probably focus on the quadriceps (a thigh muscle) and especially on the vastus medial;is (part of the quadriceps). The therapist might also show you taping that can be used to offer a bit of adde stability to the patella. Read more...

My daughter had a kneecap dislocation 4 weeks ago. She is in physical therapy. There is no swelling or pain when she sprints/cuts. Can she do sports?

Yes with brace. Need to know weather the dislocation occured expontaneosly or was traumatic.Is she knock knee?(genu valgus).Once the knee is properly reha she can do sports probably with brace on.If dislocations continue them consultation with ortho surgeon is recomended for permenent correction of the dislocation. Read more...
No. Returning to sports 1 week after a true patellar dislocation is definitely premature. Return to play depends on her level and urgency of getting back to her sports among other things... In general i would wait 4-6 weeks and simulate her sports in physical therapy before returning her to sports. Read more...

My husband experienced kneecap dislocation but it shifted towards the inside. He woke up from a nap like this what could have caused this?

Knee cap, see ortho. lateral dislocation more common then medial, unusual at 32 yo to have first episode to occur while napping? was this documented with xray? did a doctor have to put it back in joint? go see ortho doc to have exam and xray. Read more...

What is done for a kneecap dislocation?

Depends on frequency. Single episode of dislocation treated non-op with therapy and selective muscle strengthening/retraining, sometimes bracing/taping. Recurrent episodes suggest anatomic predisposition to instability and warrant consideration for operative stabilization. Most important static stabilizer of kneecap(patella) is medial patellofemoral ligament and is frequently reconstructed for recurrent dislocations. Read more...

Is it possible to to treat old scar tissue in knee cartilage? Can it be broken up? It was formed apparently from a kneecap dislocation.

Articular cartilage- - does not heal if damaged it is replaced by a fibrocartilage which is rough and causes the noise U hear & feel when U flex & extend Ur knee. An arthroscopic procedure can shave the rough surfaces. Also if full thickness loss is present, the under surface of the patella can B drilled with multiple small holes so blood supply can help lay down fibro cartilage. Allignment may B needed 2 slow wear. . Read more...

Before 3 weeks I had a kneecap dislocation. I went to hospital and took xray. No #.Doc immobilized my leg with pop. How long it will take to walk normaly?

If U had dislocation. .....U need more care than a reduction. The knee needs 2 b evaluated 4 alignment ; 4 damage 2 the under surface of the patella. Min rx is immobilized 4 4-6 wks ; pt 2 allow healing of the medial retinaculum 2 heal ; 2 regain motion ; strength. U may need realignment, soft tissue or boney, 2 prevent further dislocation ; damage. Get in 2 c a knee specialist now! Read more...

After kneecap dislocation prev lateral release have meniscus extruded medial and partial tear. Large effusion sl pain wt bearing. Surgery? Edema both reticulum

Likely. The tear and in particular extruded portion of the meniscus associated with a large effusion do suggest that this meniscal injury will likely require surgical intervention. A short course of conservative treatment with aspiration of the knee effusion, short course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, activity modification, brace, and physical therapy is reasonable. If does not respond then surgery. Read more...

It is my first kneecap dislocation, after 10 days of brace period, after MRI, doc. Told me to walk, is it safe? I have swell in my kneecap area

Follow advice. The MRI can show torn ligaments. Complete tears are rare in dislocation. I assume you are seeing an ortho/sports doc. They would definitely know the best treatment for you over anyone on internet that hasn't seen you! swelling will persist for a while. Although it may be scary to take the brace off, risks of keeping it on too long include muscle atrophy and weakness, as well as decreasing bone. Read more...