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What is a dislocated kneecap and meniscus injury?

The kneecap (patella) is the bone that protects the knee joint. It rides in a groove at the lower end of the thigh bone (femur) and is held in place by muscles and tendons. A blow or sudden twist can dislocate the kneecap, causing it to move to the outer side of the leg.

The meniscus is a wedge of cartilage in a joint. There are two of them in the knee joint. They cushion and lubricate the joint and reduce friction during movement. The lateral meniscus is on the outer side of the knee and the medial meniscus on the inside. Twisting or over-extending the knee can cause a meniscus to tear.

What causes a dislocated kneecap and meniscus injury and who is at risk?

Dislocation of the knee cap is often caused by sports injuries or overstrenuous exercise. For example, a sudden change of direction when running, a sharp blow (such as a kick) or a fall may all dislocate the kneecap.

Although women are more prone to dislocated kneecaps than men, defective thigh bones, weak leg muscles or tendons and knock knees make dislocation more likely in both sexes.

Once the kneecap has been dislocated, it may happen again fairly regularly. Although subsequent dislocations may cause less immediate severe pain and swelling, they may cause chronic pain over a long period.

Twisting or over-extending the knee can cause a meniscus to tear, resulting in pain, swelling and restricted movement. A torn medial meniscus is more common than a torn lateral meniscus.

A torn meniscus is a fairly common sports injury. It is likely to happen when the knee is turned while partly or completely bent (by turning while rising from a squatting position, for example).

What are the common symptoms and complications of a dislocated kneecap and meniscus injury?

A dislocation causes considerable pain and tenderness, especially on the inner side of the joint. You will be unable to straighten the leg.

In some cases of meniscus injury, a distinctive popping sound may be heard when the injury takes place. You may also feel something snap inside your knee.

Swelling may develop several hours after a meniscus injury. There is often a build-up of fluid in the joint aggravating the swelling. There may be pain that gets worse when pressure is put on the area.

You may notice a 'catch' in the knee when walking, as though the bones are rubbing against each other.

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After dislocating a kneecap, you may have to wear a knee immobiliser for up to six weeks to stop the leg bending.

Later, special exercises can restore the knee to health and physiotherapy will help restore strength to the leg and knee joint.

While a meniscus is healing, you may need to use crutches.


Surgery is not usually needed although in severe cases it may be required to repair damaged tissues or remove loose pieces of bone or tissue.

The younger and more active you are, the greater the chance that you may need surgery following a meniscus tear. The surgeon will try to preserve as much of the tissue as possible, because the meniscus is important for proper knee function.

What is the outcome of a dislocated kneecap and meniscus injury?

Kneecap dislocation is a fairly common injury. It is painful and almost always requires medical attention, although sometimes the kneecap returns to its proper location unaided. The injury is seldom permanently disabling and usually heals completely.

Severe meniscus tears may be slow to heal (up to a year in some cases) but very small ones will heal within weeks. Occasionally, a torn meniscus does not heal completely, leaving the joint permanently weakened. There is then more chance of re-injuring the tissue, even during moderate exercise.

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He'll be good to go for the opener next year then?

Once again im no Doctor.. i do work in a clinic though. Kneecap dislocations are tricky.. some are good to go some arent. We can only wait and see, hopefully he will be fine for next year. I once saw a girl that fell out of a chair in class and dislocated hers it looked gruesome she was only on crutches for a couple of weeks. Hopefully Jason has the less severe variety.

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