When the kneecap (patella) is forced out of its groove along the front of the knee during a traumatic injury (often while playing sports) the resulting injury is known as a patella dislocation. In many cases, the patella will slip back into place on its own, after temporarily slipping out of place. In other cases, the injury will be far more severe, and require immediate treatment and an appointment with a Southern California sports medicine specialist and orthpaedic surgeon.
Intense pain and swelling are often the first signs that your kneecap has been dislocated. It is very likely that you will not be able to walk, and you may even need crutches to help stand. Dr. Nadel will perform a thorough examination at his Westlake Village or West Hills office. X-rays and MRIs will help him to determine the proper immobilization techniques necessary, and whether or not your patella dislocation will require surgery.