The patella, or kneecap, protects the knee joint and is held in place by ligaments and tendons. When a patella dislocation occurs, it can be painful as it stretches or tears attached tendons and ligaments. Dr. Steven Struhl is a knee specialist and orthopedic surgeon who can provide effective patellar dislocation treatment, available at Shoulders & Knees in NYC and Westchester.

The kneecap, or patella, is a small piece of bone that resides on the forefront of the knee in the patellofemoral joint, a joint between the patella and femur. It is held in place by tendons attached to the quadriceps and tibia, with the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) securing the kneecap from moving outside the patellofemoral groove. When a direct blow to the knee or a twisting motion occurs, the kneecap can shift outside the groove, causing a patellar dislocation. This is most common during the teen years in athletes but can occur when there is damage to the MPFL or congenital issues.

Kneecap Dislocation Injuries

A kneecap dislocation will cause intense, immediate pain. The knee can appear distorted, with swelling and discoloration or bruising. There can also be numbness in the lower leg and difficulty or pain when moving or using the affected knee.

Medical attention is needed if a patella dislocation occurs. The kneecap will need to be shifted back in place and a brace or device to immobilize the knee is necessary while it is healing. Patellar dislocation treatment can include P.R.I.C.E. (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation). This will be followed by physical therapy to control pain and improve range of motion.

When a patella dislocation occurs, the attached tendons and ligaments can be damaged. If recurrent kneecap dislocations occur, surgery may be required to repair tendons or ligaments to protect the knee joint. Dr. Steven Struhl can provide patellar dislocation treatment and evaluate the knee joint for MPFL tears, ruptures or other knee joint damage that may require treatment.

If you suffer a patella dislocation, come visit one of the top knee specialists in the country for the best treatment. Contact us at Shoulders & Knees to schedule your appointment with Dr. Struhl at our clinic in NYC or Westchester.