What is the treatment for a knee dislocation injury?
Treatment for a dislocated knee begins with making sure the leg is not experiencing serious nerve or vascular injury. If the knee is out of joint at the time of presentation to the doctor, a reduction will be done to put the knee “back in place”. A reduction will begin as Dr. Williams administers a sedative, then moves the leg to cause the knee to return to its proper position. Once the reduction is complete, the knee is placed in a brace to stabilize it and keep the knee from moving. Dr. Williams will then determine if surgery is needed. If there is severe damage to ligaments, blood vessels, or nerves surgery may be necessary.
Not all knee dislocation injuries require surgery. Conservative treatment that immobilizes the injured joint can be an option if the following conditions are true:
- The joint appears very stable after going through reduction.
- There is no blood vessel or nerve damage present.
- The MCL and LCL collateral knee ligaments are intact.
If the treatment is surgical or non-surgical, a knee dislocation will require further rehabilitation and physical therapy. Specific rehabilitation protocols will depend on the seriousness of the injury and initial treatment. Dr. Williams will work with you to determine what kind of rehabilitation program is right for you.
Surgical treatment of a dislocated knee injury:
The goal for surgery on a dislocated knee is to restore knee stability and normal function; this is done by repairing or reconstructing the damaged knee ligaments. Surgery for a dislocated knee may also include:
- ACL Repair or Reconstruction
- PCL Repair or Reconstruction
- MCL Repair or Reconstruction
- Posterolateral Corner Repair or Reconstruction
- LCL Repair or Reconstruction