Despite many people saying their knee popped out of place, a patellar dislocation of the knee is not a “knee dislocation” but a “kneecap dislocation.” These injuries often occur in young athletes. In this video, I discuss this difficult knee injury and what your treatment options could be.
With a first-time patellar dislocation of the knee, especially if you are a younger athlete, you can try to avoid surgery. Maybe you wear a patellar-stabilizing brace. Physical therapy can help you regain knee motion and strength so that you can return to sports.
If you start having repeated episodes where your kneecap dislocates completely, or it subluxes, or partially pops out of place, you might ultimately need surgery. A number of factors play a role, like age, gender, anatomic features and more. In this video, I discuss when surgery might be needed and what types of surgery can be performed.
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