What is the treatment for a patellar dislocation?
The first step after a patellar dislocation is to relocate the kneecap into the trochlear groove. This often occurs spontaneously as the athlete extends the knee, or while still participating in a sporting activity. If the patella does not immediately move back into the trochlear groove, an orthopedic specialist will need to move it back into place (often done on the field or in an emergency room).
Patellar dislocations can cause patellar instability; therefore, any type of patellar dislocation should be addressed with Dr. Williams for proper treatment.
Non-surgical treatment after the patella has been relocated may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, elevation
- Pain relievers, NSAID’s such as ibuprofen
- Hot and cold therapy
- Physical Therapy