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Dislocated kneecap (patellar luxation)

Dislocated kneecap (patellar luxation)

Patellar luxation is the medical name used when the kneecap is dislocated. These injuries occur because the joints and muscles of the knee are unable to keep the kneecap in its proper place. The injury often occurs when performing a physical activity that puts a lot of stress on the knee or when the knee is suddenly hit hard. The injury is more common in children than in adults because their joints are softer and their muscles are less developed. Dislocated knees are less common in adults, but when they do occur, the consequences are usually more serious.

The most unfortunate thing about this type of injury is that it often comes back. In other words, once the kneecap has been dislocated, it is much more likely to happen again. It is therefore important to train your knee after a patellar dislocation. This is best done in consultation with a physiotherapist who can develop exercises that strengthen the muscles in the knee. Strengthened muscles provide greater stability in the knee, which also means that there is less chance of the kneecap dislocating again.

To further strengthen a knee where the kneecap has previously dislocated, it may be a good idea to purchase a really good knee brace. The knee brace provides increased stability to a weakened knee and at the same time relieves the injured joint. It also helps to keep the kneecap in place while reducing the pain and discomfort that can follow a patellar dislocation.

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