Kneecap dislocation occurs when the triangle-shaped bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slides out of place. The problem usually occurs toward the outside of the leg. It's often caused by a blow or a sudden change in direction when the leg is planted on the ground, such as during sports or dancing. When the kneecap dislocates, it comes out of this groove and the supporting tissues can be stretched or torn.
HOW IS KNEECAP DISLOCATION DIAGNOSED?
In order to assess the dislocation and its severity, the general physician may advise a patellar apprehension test. Patella tracking assessment may also be conducted to further investigate the condition.
HOW IS KNEECAP DISLOCATION TREATED?
In case of minor kneecap dislocation, physiotherapy along with using kneecap or other protective gear is advised. If the knees are severely dislocated then one may have to undergo surgery too. In such cases the kneecaps are replaced with a specialised device to help in regularising movements.
DID YOU KNOW?
Females are more likely to develop Kneecap Dislocation as they possess less muscle mass than males.