Habitual Dislocation of Patella


Habitual dislocation of the patella, also known as recurrent patellar dislocation, is a condition characterized by repetitive episodes of the kneecap (patella) shifting out of its normal position within the patellofemoral groove. At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of habitual dislocation of the patella, providing comprehensive care to address this condition and restore knee stability.

This condition often arises due to underlying factors such as anatomical abnormalities, ligament laxity, muscle imbalances, or trauma to the knee joint. It is more commonly seen in adolescents and young adults, particularly females, and can significantly impact daily activities and athletic performance.

Symptoms of habitual patellar dislocation may include sudden episodes of the patella shifting out of place, accompanied by pain, swelling, and instability in the knee joint.

Over time, repeated dislocations can lead to chronic pain, weakness, and functional limitations in the affected knee.

Diagnosis of habitual patellar dislocation typically involves a thorough evaluation of symptoms, a physical examination, and imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI scans to assess the alignment of the patella and identify any underlying structural abnormalities.

Treatment options for habitual dislocation of the patella aim to reduce the frequency and severity of dislocations, alleviate symptoms, and restore stability to the knee joint. Non-surgical interventions may include activity modification, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee, bracing or taping to support the patella, and orthotics to correct biomechanical issues.

In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be necessary to address underlying anatomical abnormalities and stabilize the patella. Surgical procedures may involve tightening or reconstructing the soft tissues surrounding the knee joint, realigning the patella, or correcting bony abnormalities.

At Dr. Isaac Bone & Joint Speciality Hospital, our team of orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care to patients with habitual dislocation of the patella. We work closely with each individual to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals, with the aim of reducing dislocations, alleviating symptoms, and improving knee function.