Patella Dislocation: Orthopedic Treatment In Flower Mound, TX

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 25. February 2015 11:26

The dislocation of patella (kneecap) outside its normal position is a common problem among athletes, which needs to be treated immediately. The patella is a bone that lies securely in a triangle shaped groove in front of the knee. The patella moves up and down when the leg bends or straightens. Patella Dislocation can be treated surgically as well as non-surgically with the help of medicines and therapy.


Some of the common causes of Patella Dislocation include:

  • Sudden twisting motions
  • Fall or direct blow to the knee
  • Trauma
  • Abnormal movement of the knee

Certain conditions increase the risk of Patella Dislocation such as shallow v-shaped grooves, flat feet, inward roll of feet, weak thigh muscles, weakened and overstretched ligaments.


  • Severe Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to walk
  • Abnormal bending of knee
  • A crack sound
  • Deformed knee


If you experience pain in the knee you should seek immediate and professional medical treatment. The orthopedic doctor may ask about your medical history and physically examine the knee for tenderness and swelling to determine the condition. The doctor checks your symptoms and can also ask you to walk to determine the extent of the condition. You may be recommended imaging tests such as X-ray, CT Scan and MRI tests to see if there is any damage to other structures.


The condition can be treated both non-surgically and surgically. In case the patella does not return to the triangular groove on its own, the physician will manipulate it back into the position. To make the knee immobile, the physician may use braces or casts to offer support and stability for a few weeks. You will also be required to limit physical activities to avoid any pressure on the knee. The doctor can prescribe medicines to offer relief from pain and swelling. The patient can also gain benefit from physiotherapy as it helps in maintaining the muscle strength and improves its range of motion.


In case the condition does not improve with non-surgical methods, you may be recommended to undergo surgery. Surgery is usually arthroscopic, which involves removal of torn cartilage and reconstruction of the torn patella. Surgery is followed by physiotherapy and rehabilitation program to ensure proper recovery and help patients return to normal activity.

It is essential that you take precautions like using proper exercise techniques and keeping the knee strong to prevent Patella Dislocation.

For complete treatment of Patella Dislocation or any other knee condition, visit Dr. Goodhart, a renowned knee surgeon based in Flower Mound, TX. To schdule an appointment, visit 4951 Long Praire Rd, Ste 100, Flower Mound, Texas 75028 or call (972) 899-4679.

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