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A year ago, I dislocated my knee while playing soccer in the San Fernando Valley. Since then, my knee has become dislocated two more times. Is this normal?

Once an individual has suffered a knee dislocation, it’s relatively common for this type of injury to recur. After a dislocation, the knee cartilage at the dislocation site has become damaged, and it can make it difficult for the patella (the kneecap) to find its natural fixed position within the trochlear groove. A Southern California orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries can best assess your knee and cartilage to determine the extent of the damage to the soft tissue. In order to prevent additional knee dislocations and injuries from occurring, surgery may be required to better set the patella in a stable, proper position.