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.

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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...

How long does physical therapy take for dislocated knee?

10-12 weeks. Recovery typically occurs at 10% per week so it takes 2-3 months to recover. Pain after that is a sign that something else might be wrong like a chondral (cartilage) injury of the knee. This is best diagnosed with an MRI or MRI arthrogram (an MRI done with dye inside the knee). Read more...

How can I heal a dislocated knee cap?

Knee Brace. If your kneecap is truly dislocated, it will need to be put back in place and a knee brace applied to prevent further dislocation. The cause of the dislocation will then need to be determined to prevent further dislocations in the future. Read more...
Exercise or surgery. Frequently, a dislocated knee cap (patella), like a dislocated shoulder, can be successfully treated with intensive physical therapy. Sometimes, however, if the dislocation becomes recurrent, surgery will likely be necessary. Read more...

How to treat a dislocated knee cap?

Rest then therapy. Initially, the knee cap should be relocated and then immobilized. Once the swelling and pain decreases within a few weeks, gentle exercises can be started. If the kneecap continues to dislocate, surgery is indicated. Otherwise, initial immobilization followed by physical therapy. Read more...
Evaluation Is Key. After reduction and conservative measures to control pain and swelling, the key is to identify associated injuries. If there is a cartilage or osteochondral injury per mri, that problem is managed. If the injury is isolated to the medial patellofemoral ligament, then rehabilitation is the treatment for first time patellar dislocations. Recurrent dislocations are treated differently. Read more...

How do I know if I need surgery from a dislocated knee cap a year ago?

Continued symptoms. If you are having continued problems with your knee, surgery may be indicated. Some concerning complaints: your knee cap continues to dislocate, or feels unstable, pain, swelling, etc. Read more...