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Can you play sports with a patella dislocation?

Can you play sports with a patella dislocation?

After a patellar dislocation, athletes are usually cleared to play once they’ve regained full strength and function. Also, athletes should be able to perform well enough to be effective in their sport, and cut from side to side without a feeling of instability.

Should I bend my knee after dislocation?

It’s generally recommended to brace the knee straight for a couple of weeks after a patella dislocation to allow the ligaments time to heal. This principle holds true across most acute injuries – the joint is immobilised, so the fibres that are torn have a chance to repair.

How is patella dislocation treated?

A dislocated kneecap will be quickly put back into position (referred to as “reduction”) by the consultant. This may need to be performed under local or general anaesthetic. Once the kneecap has been put back into place, you will need to rest the knee and use ice, compression and elevation to control swelling.

Why does the patella dislocate laterally?

Patellar dislocations tend to occur in a lateral direction, partly because the direction of pull of the quadriceps muscle is slightly lateral to the mechanical axis of the limb. Medial instability is rare and more likely to result from congenital conditions, quadriceps atrophy, or iatrogenically.

Can you walk on a dislocated patella?

Most people can walk on their leg, and bend their knee, while they are healing. It may feel wobbly, and you may have some discomfort. Walking and standing are fine, as long as it’s not too painful.

How do you recover from a dislocated patella?

Common nonsurgical options include:

  1. physical therapy.
  2. RICE therapy, which involves:
  3. nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, to reduce inflammation and pain.
  4. crutches or a cane to take weight off the knee and aid mobility.
  5. a brace to support the knee and stabilize the kneecap.

How long will I be on crutches after kneecap dislocation?

Your provider will show you how to use crutches. You may need them for 4 to 6 weeks. Go to physical therapy if directed. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to increase the range of motion in your knee.