Patellar Dislocation

Dislocation of the patella occurs when the patella moves out of the patellofemoral groove, (called as trochlea) onto a bony head of the femur. If the knee cap partially comes out of the groove, it is called as subluxation and if the kneecap completely comes out, it is called as dislocation (luxation). Patella dislocation is commonly observed in young athletes between 15 and 20 years and commonly affects women because of the wider pelvis creates lateral pull on the patella.

Patellar Dislocation


  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling around the knee joint
  • Restricted movement of the knee
  • Numbness below the knee joint
  • Discoloration at the area of injury


  • Physical Examinations
  • X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • MRI

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Dry Needling
  • Steroid and Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections
  • High Volume Injections
  • Image Guided Calcific Barbotage

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