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Patellar Dislocation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a patellar dislocation?

A patellar dislocation occurs when your patella (kneecap) is forced out of place.

Dislocated Patella

What increases my risk for a patellar dislocation?

What are the signs and symptoms of a patellar dislocation?

How is a patellar dislocation diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will feel your kneecap and bend your knee, moving it in different positions. Tell the provider if you had a kneecap dislocation or a knee injury in the past. Tell him or her if you have a family history of knee problems. Tell him or her if you have other health conditions.

How is a patellar dislocation treated?

Your kneecap may move back into place on its own. You may need any of the following if it does not move back by itself:

What can I do to manage a patellar dislocation?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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