The injury to the kneecap falls into the category of those most frequently encountered ones in the athletes, especially those that are into sports that rest on the direct contact. The dislocation of a kneecap is the direct consequence of the excessive pressure on the knee itself, as well as to the tendons that are responsible for connecting the kneecap with the remainder of the knee tear responsible for distorting the knee’s regular movement action. Unfortunately, there have been cases in which people did suffer from the afore mentioned dislocation without actually being injured or experiencing a blow to their knee.
Dislocation “under the microscope”
When analyzing it in depth, we discover that the knee itself is a joint (fact already known to great many people) that acts as a connecting mediator for the thigh bone and the shinbone. The bones themselves are being brought together by way of ligaments. Given its extremely important role, the knee itself has to be protected, and this is exactly the purpose of the kneecap that is under normal circumstances placed in an appropriately sized groove. As it turns out, some people have a groove that is smaller than usual and is thus unable to hold firmly the knee. In addition, such people tend to be at a greater risk of suffering a kneecap dislocation than others, as well as to suffer from issues that are in direct connection to the unsteady kneecap. Another common cause of kneecap dislocation is the long-term improper posture while doing activities that involve running. Such things as unpredictable direction change, sudden twisting of the knee, as well as a direct hit to the knee are also considered to be quite frequent culprits that cause dislocation of the person’s kneecap.
Just like every severe injury has its specific accompanying manifestations, so does the kneecap dislocation. Among those most frequently encountered ones are intensive pain that is often directly accompanied by swelling.
The treatment depends on the specific culprits that brought about this severe knee injury. Therefore, the best way to determine the precise cause, as well as the most proper treatment therapy is to pay a visit to a doctor who will put forward the appropriate diagnose by means of either an MRI scan or X-ray. In case dislocation has happened as a direct consequence of an injury, the first step is to immobilize the injured knee for a specific period of time, which means that a person in question will have to have the leg casted, in order to shield it from any additional injuries for the period of approximately 3 weeks. This will be followed by a physical therapy with the aim to enhance the overall strength of the muscles surrounding the knee. On the other hand, in case the dislocation has occurred as a direct consequence of the inability of the knee groove to hold the knee firmly, then corrective surgery is the best way to ameliorate and stop the recurrence of the injury in question.