Patellar dislocation is a painful knee injury that most commonly affects adolescents. It generally occurs during physical activities, so athletic teens are most at risk. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, most people recover without further issue or recurrence. Strengthening and stretching the muscles and ligaments around the knee and in the leg can help prevent kneecap dislocation. Appropriate first aid and immediate medical attention are essential, and doctors often recommend ongoing rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Patella is the medical term for the kneecap, the part that sticks out of the front of the knee that one can usually maneuver slightly when the knee is relaxed. When the leg is bent and straightened, the patella stays in pretty much the same position. A patellar dislocation occurs when the patella slips out of this position.
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