Dr. Jas Chahal, MD, MSc., FRCSC, Orthopaedic Surgeon, discusses The Facts You Need to Know About a Patella Dislocation Knee Injury
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Featuring Dr. Jas Chahal, MD, MSc., FRCSC, Orthopaedic Surgeon The Facts You Need to Know About a Patella Dislocation Knee Injury Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds
The most common type of patella dislocation that an orthopedic surgeon will see will be one that is traumatic in nature.
That is there’s been some sort of events either during competition, during practice, or play where the kneecap slides to the side, and we call that patella instability or patella dislocation.
After the first time this ever happens to an individual, almost always we can treat this without surgery. And the key to doing so is seeing a physician early, getting a referral to a specialist, and then making sure certain things have not happened.
As long as there is no fracture of the cartilage or the bone, and there are no associated injuries with the patella dislocation, 80 percent of these or up to 80 percent of these can be managed successfully without surgery.
So this involves physical therapy, potentially bracing, and really strengthening the entire lower body consisting of the core muscles, the knee, the muscles around the knee, and concerning the overall alignment of the patient.
If someone requires surgery, it’s usually because a kneecap comes out repetitively with activities of daily living, with their daily function, and with the sports that they pursue.
So in that situation we term that as recurrent patella instability or recurrent patella dislocations, and we offer various types of surgery. And once again the types of surgeries really depend on the anatomy of the individual, various diseased related characteristics and patient-related characteristics, and the options range anywhere from a ligament repair to a ligament repair with a realignment of the bone, or the shin bone.
So if you think you’ve dislocated your patella at any point in the past, and you require surgical treatment, you should get a referral to your orthopedic sports medicine specialist to see if you’re a candidate for a ligament reconstruction, or something perhaps more involved.
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