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Knee Dislocation

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a knee dislocation?

A knee dislocation happens when an injury forces your thigh bone out of alignment with your shin bone. It may occur with other injuries. It can also cause torn ligaments in your knee or nerve damage.

Dislocated Knee

What are the signs and symptoms of a knee dislocation?

How is a knee dislocation diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your knee and any other wounds. Tell him or her how your injury happened. He or she may ask you to move your leg and foot, or flex your toes. Tell the provider if you have other health conditions. Tell him or her if you take medicines, such as blood thinners. You may need any of the following tests:

How is a knee dislocation treated?

The goal of treatment is to repair your knee dislocation and other injuries. The type of treatment depends on your injuries, your age, and your activity level. You may need the following:

What can I do to manage a knee dislocation?

It may take weeks or months for your knee to heal. You will have to wait until you heal to return to your usual activity level. The following can help you manage your symptoms and prevent more injury while you heal:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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