Patella Instability

Patella Instability

Patella (kneecap) instability is a common problem in young athletes.

It can occur as a result of a traumatic event or as part of a generalized joint laxity that some young individuals have, especially adolescent females. It is the most common joint to dislocate of the larger joints in our body.

Conservative steps are often able to treat patellar instability, however, surgery may be required in some situations. Individuals with patellar instability and especially those who have suffered a patellar dislocation are had significant risk of having another dislocation or subluxation. Each additional event increases the risk that more damage is caused within the knee some of which might be permanent and not correctable.

The decision to perform surgery is a significant one as recovery time can be as long as 4-6 months. Additionally, while full recovery and return to sports is commonly possible, this is not universal.

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