Acute Kneecap Dislocation


Acute kneecap dislocation is a common condition that occurs when the confinement of the patella is disrupted from the patella-femoral groove. These injuries, most often happen laterally and can result in damage to the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL).

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Kneecap Dislocation Information

Firstly, this type of dislocation occurs more frequently in 13- to 18-year-old girls. In addition, this injury is often caused by a blow or sudden change in direction when the leg is planted on the ground.  For instance, during sports or dancing events, you may have seen during a football game. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How long does it take to recover from a kneecap dislocation?

Secondly, a dislocated kneecap is a common injury and normally takes about 6 weeks to heal. The kneecap (patella) normally sits over the front of the knee. When it is moved from the patella-femoral groove, this can be painful as the attached ligaments are disturbed as well. Moreover, when the kneecap has fully dislocated, the person may find that their knee has an odd, angular appearance. Likewise, it may have moderate to severe pain. You may also feel a strong popping sensation in their knee.


Does a dislocated kneecap require surgery?

A dislocated kneecap is a fairly common injury among young athletes, and a first injury rarely requires kneecap stabilization surgery. However, a first dislocation can set in motion a series of subsequent injuries that cause permanent damage to joint cartilage.

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