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Offline SBUR

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Dislocated patella and sprained MCL
« on: June 19, 2007, 03:04:48 PM »
Hi All

About 4 weeks ago i dislocated my patella. The doctors are not sure why this happend as i am fairly active and i am only 27 years old.

The swelling seems to have now gone down and i have moved from the full splint to a Knee support with metal side supports so that i can bend the knee.

As this is the first time this has happend i am unsure as to the healing process. I am slightly worried that the knee cap is visibly raised still compaired to the other one. Is this normal and will it slowly return with time. I have been doing my Physio but the pain and clicking in the knee seems to just be the same. Am i just be impatient as it has only been 4 weeks. Any advice would be very appreciated thanks

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Re: Dislocated patella and sprained MCL
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007, 03:36:26 PM »
hello,
how did the dislocation happen?

Depending on damage done, amount of trauma it can take a while to recover from a dislocation - 4 weeks is not that long.

Did you just see a regular doc or an Orthopedic specialist?
Did they do an MRI or X-Rays?

Sometimes a dislocation happens and its an isolated event, you recover and then thats that.
Other times it is a symptom of an underlying problem although you recover from the first dislocation, you may be more susceptible to more dislocations because of whatever the problem is.

The doctors are usually very interested in the circumstances of the first dislocation - what exactly happened, did you hear/feel a 'popping' sensation (this can mean a ruptured ligament).

Do you have a follow up appointment? If so I would ask about your kneecap being raised - it may just be from internal inflammation, or it may be misaligned, your doctor or orthopediac specialist will advise you on this.

Overall I would say you can probably expect another 4 weeks or so of recovery, then maybe a few more weeks of not quite knowing if its going to be ok or not before you get back to normal - theres a good chance that its a one off, if its not - well, you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

Hope that helps.
Tanya

1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app

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Re: Dislocated patella and sprained MCL
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007, 03:43:58 PM »
Hi Tanya

Thanks for the input. I was just walking at home and went to walk around the table and the knee cap popped to the right of my right knee. I saw an OS who took some xrays and said i had a sliver of bone that came off my knee cap when i popped it back into place but other than that he could see nothing wrong.

Is it a good idea to push for an MRI

I am supposed to go again in another 2 weeks to see the OS again. Just the raised knee was worring me a little. I think that impatiance is my problem

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Re: Dislocated patella and sprained MCL
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007, 04:03:34 PM »
did he say what happened to the sliver of bone? sounds painful!!!

Id only push for an MRI is you have ongoing problems with it - Id wait a while to see do you make a good recovery.

Your incident sounds extremely similiar to one a friend of mine had, was walking at home and out it popped, she has never had another dislocation since, seemed to be a one off. I remember it took her around 3 months to recover fully - 2 months in she felt a LOT better, and the last month was really just her getting used to it feeling 'normal' again.

If youre very concerned about the raised kneecap take pictures of it once a week to see is it going back down - other than that just see what the OS says.

They say the pain of your first dislocation is worse than that of a break!
At least thats what they told me :)

Plenty of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) to help get that inflammation down - do what your PT says and happy healing!
1986 - recurrent dislocations of right patella began
1988 - Modified Hauser Procedure
1991 - dislocations started again
2005 to 2007 - 150 dislocations in 2 years - OUCH!!!
June 2007 - new OS, new physio
Oct 2007 - VMO woke up
Mar 2008 - big quads, still dislocating
Apr 2008 - next OS app