Patella dislocation in Oklahoma City is easily treated, and our team at Olsen Orthopedics would love to tell you how.
A Closer Look at Patella Dislocation
Patella dislocation in Oklahoma City is a dislocation of the kneecap common in young athletes and most commonly occurs laterally (outside). This can usually happen if there is a preexisting ligamentous laxity and there is a rapid change of direction or twisting. Sometimes a patella dislocation can relocate itself, but other times, a health professional will need to assist.
Signs and Symptoms
Patella dislocation in Oklahoma City most often occurs when a rapid change in direction causes the kneecap to dislocate laterally, and it is usually visible to the patient. They may say something along the lines of, “My kneecap came out of place.” Once this happens, and the kneecap is relocated, there are several symptoms which may occur:
- Rapid and sometimes severe swelling
- Extreme pain before relocation and tenderness or muscle weakness afterward
- Pain in the medial (inside) ligaments
- Discoloration at the site of ligament injury
- The sense of instability and thoughts it may reoccur
There are several factors that may cause patella dislocation in Oklahoma City:
- A history of patella dislocation or subluxation
- Patellofemoral joint hyperlaxity or maltracking
- Weak inner quadriceps muscles
- Tight IT band and hip flexors
The usual treatment options for patella dislocation in Oklahoma City are simple but also depend on the severity of the dislocation. Once the knee is relocated by straightening out the leg to push the kneecap back into the socket, the most basic treatment is to elevate the leg and ice the kneecap to reduce swelling. Physical therapy may also be recommended with a goal to reduce pain and inflammation, and also to stabilize the kneecap so the patient can regain a full range of motion in the joint. It is important to consult with a doctor and physical therapist before returning to any strenuous or athletic activities. If surgery is required, it could be soft tissue or a bone procedure that is usually outpatient. Recovery time varies, but after total healing, the patient should find relief.
Contact Us Today
If you’ve experienced a patella dislocation in the Oklahoma City area, reach out to Dr. Olsen and the staff at Olsen Orthopedics for a consult so we can get you the best treatment possible. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office in Midwest City.