How can I heal a dislocated knee cap?

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.
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.

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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...

In what cases is surgery needed in dislocated knee cap?

Pain or recurrence. If you keep dislocating your knee cap despite pt rehab, surgery can help stabilize it. If you have persistent pain despite time and pt surgery may help realign the tracking of patella. Dislocation can damage the cartilage which may respond or require surgery. 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...

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...