Patellofemoral dislocation is when the patella jumps completely out of the walls of the groove in the femur bone, making the joint look horribly deformed.

dislocation of the patella with torn MPFL
The joint usually dislocates to the lateral side, often tearing the medial patellofemoral ligamen (MPFL) on the medial side.

 

Reduction of patellofemoral dislocation

The dislocation may reduce spontaneously at the time, or it may need to be reduced under sedation or anaesthesia.

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The unstable patella

A discussion about patellar instability, the factors that may cause the patella to sublux or dislocate, and what can be done about it.

A discussion of key concerns about dislocation of the patella.

An overview by Dr Lars Blond.

Patellar instability and dislocation

Discussing how the anatomy can affect the tendency to dislocate the patella.

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