The most common knee injury is a kneecap dislocation. The knee joint consists of three parts. These are shin bone, thigh bone and a kneecap. When we bend our knees, the kneecap, which is located in a groove, moves around, and thus allowing the movement of our knees. But sometimes, if a person has an injury, the kneecap can be forced out of its groove. This condition is known as a dislocated kneecap.
The reasons for dislocation of a kneecap may vary, but some persons have more chance for a kneecap dislocation than others. It is known today, that a person who has developed unusual type of walking, or running, or even if a person is born with a slightly wider pelvis, has much bigger chances of injury such as a kneecap dislocation.
The direct reasons for a kneecap dislocation are a rough landing, or falling directly one one’s knee, or a strong blow to the outer side of the knee. If a person does not have issues, such as, irregular way of walking or widened pelvis, it is a great possibility that the same person in such a situation, will not have any major traumas to the knee, while the person having such an issue most probably will.
Treating a dislocated kneecap depends on the type of the injury. In most of the cases, dislocated kneecap is a result of broken ligaments. The knee needs to be immobilized for about ten days. After the immobilization period, a patient needs to start therapy, which includes exercises for strengthening of the quadriceps muscle, which will in the end help to maintain a normal lifestyle for the person. Average time for this type of procedure to give wanted results, is about five weeks, depending on the individual.
Once damaged, the ligaments are known to tear repeatedly, so, it is not a bad idea, especially for a sportsman, to undergo a surgical kneecap dislocation procedure. The specialist will firstly determine the cause and then the location of the tear. If a patient has a shallow groove, in which the kneecap sits, then a correctional surgery is necessary. Surgical operation is more usual than the non-surgical procedure, because it minimizes the chances of repeating the same injury. After six or seven weeks, the patient can slowly start to move around, and start to exercise, in order to strengthen the leg muscles and ligaments. After twelve or so, weeks, the person can star to train again regularly, if he/she is a sportsman.