Dislocated Knee: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatment
A dislocated knee is a serious injury that occurs when the end of the thighbone (femur) disconnects with the shinbone (tibia). Knee dislocations cause intense pain and may damage the surrounding areas, including the ligaments, cartilage, and blood vessels.
Knee dislocations are often the result of serious trauma, including vehicle accidents, severe falls, or sports injuries. It’s important to note that knee dislocations differ from kneecap dislocations. Knee dislocations involve joint separation between the top of your leg and the bottom of the leg, while kneecap dislocations involve the cap itself sliding out of position.
Dislocations of the knee require immediate medical care and may ultimately involve surgery to correct any ligaments or nerves affected. The doctors at West Medical have extensive experience treating cases of knee dislocations and have renowned orthopedic specialists on hand to aid in all aspects of your care and recovery.
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- Symptoms of a Dislocated Knee:
- tenderness and pain
- visible deformity or may appear out of place
- the knee can’t be fully straightened
Tests for Knee Dislocation
Sometimes dislocated knees are recognizable by a simple sight examination, but doctors require x-rays to determine the severity of the injury and to decide the best course of action for repositioning the joint. Additionally, a doctor may order a test called an angiogram, which is meant to give a special reading of the blood vessels that might’ve been affected by your dislocation. A doctor may also be concerned about the areas affected by the dislocation, like the ligaments (ACL and PCL), the knee’s cartilage, and the meniscus.
Treatment for a Dislocated Knee
After a dislocation and a subsequent x-ray, a doctor may reposition your joint to reset the knee—this process is called “reducing the joint.” Another main priority in treating a dislocated knee is ensuring that the surrounding areas are assessed, including the ligaments, cartilage, and the meniscus. If your injury also affected the ligaments in the leg and knee—the ACL and/or PCL—then surgery is often required to fully repair these affected areas. Physical therapy is regularly necessary after a knee dislocation in order to avoid future stiffness or instability.
Because of the severity of a knee dislocation and the complications that may arise if surrounding areas have been affected, it’s important that you have the best care available. The doctors and specialists at West Medical are well versed in treating knee dislocations and guiding patients through the medical processes involved in obtaining care. Orthopedic specialists at West Medical are at the top of their field and are eager to answer your questions and assist you in your treatment and recovery.
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