The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur).  Patella dislocation happens when it is medially, or most commonly laterally pushed out of joint.  This can cause extreme pain and swelling.

  • Condition

    The Patella is out of place from it’s normal alignment.  The most common direction to dislocate is laterally.

  • Symptoms & Signs

    Severe pain in the region of the patella with a misshapen knee that looks like a bone is out of position.

  • Treatment

    Seek medical treatment immediately. Visit us for a supportive brace once the patella is relocated.

Symptoms & Cause

Patella dislocation can be caused by twisting of the lower limb or impact to the patella. Other factors could be a shallow femoral groove or chronic dislocation. A dislocated kneecap can cause other problems even if the bone pops back into place. Ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage in or around the joint may stretch or tear. A piece of bone may break off somewhere in the knee joint causing pain. It is important to be seen by a physician even after the bone has been relocated which sometimes happens spontaneously on its own after the injury. Client’s symptoms could include swelling, tenderness and instability.

Diagnosis & Treatment

  • Relocation of the Patella by a trained medical Professional
  • Consultation with your Physician or Specialist
  • Activity modification / rest
  • Anti-Subluxation Patella Brace
  • Physiotherapy
  • Gait Analysis
  • Medication recommended by your Physician
  • Ice

If you are experiencing knee pain or discomfort, you should consult your physician for a proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.

Your doctor may refer you to OKAPED to see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for Pedorthic management of your knee pain. This may include shoe selection guidance, orthotics and/or bracing options such as a patella stabilization brace. If you know your condition and want to learn about new products and treatments please give us a call.

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