Many contact and non-contact sports can cause dislocated knee among players. Knee dislocation is more common among women than men because the muscles stabilizing the knees and hips are weaker in girls than boys. Treating a knee dislocation is a straight forward procedure that rarely requires surgical interventions.

dislocated-kneeWhat do we mean by knee dislocation?

Knee dislocation occurs when there is lose of contact between the thigh bone and shin bone. Knee-dislocation is high energy traumatic injury. After the knee dislocates, it is needed to be reset into the proper position. Knee dislocation is associated with severe pain and inflammation.

What are causes of knee dislocation?

Various factors including the following can cause knee dislocation:

Twisting of knee in an unnatural position
Forceful blow to the knee
Tight or weak muscles around the knee & hip
Landing awkwardly on knee with a sudden bending and twisting
What are the signs and symptoms of dislocated knee?

The most common signs of dislocated knee include:

Pain along the inside of your knee
Deformity of knee
Swelling around knee joint
Popping and feeling of instability
Continued pain along the medial ligaments
Discoloration at the site of injury
What are the treatment options suggested to treat dislocated knee?

First of all R.I.C.E. principle is followed to lessen the swelling and inflammation.
Immobilization of knee is suggested until the swelling reduces.
Use of knee brace may be recommended for first two to three weeks as it reduces stress on the damaged tissues.
Your orthopedist may suggest using crutches to walk.
Exercises to strengthen muscles around the knee may be suggested.
Exercises restoring your range of motion and strengthening your quadriceps, hamstrings and core may be suggested.
Contact Center for Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for any of the sports’ related musculoskeletal pathologies or disorders. It is our topmost priority to provide utmost care and prompt treatment to our patients as per their needs and requirements.

Author's Bio: 

The Center for Advanced Orthopedics represents two board certified orthopedic surgeons with combined experience in bone & joint problems of over 45 years. This compassion and competence in problems related to arthritis, joint replacements, and sports related injuries is second to none in this field.