Dislocation - kneecap; Patellar dislocation or instability
If you can, straighten out the knee. If it is stuck and painful to move, stabilize (splint) the knee and get medical attention.
Your health care provider will examine the knee, which could confirm that the kneecap is dislocated.
After this time, physical therapy can help build back your muscle strength and improve the knee's range of motion.
If the knee remains unstable, you may need surgery to stabilize the kneecap. This may be done using
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if
Call your health care provider if you injure your knee and have symptoms of dislocation.
Call your health care provider if you are being treated for a dislocated knee and you notice:
- Increased instability in your knee
- Pain or
swellingreturn after they went away
- Your injury does not appear to be getting better with time
Also call if you re-injure your knee.