Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest patellofemoral instability treatments.
Patellofemoral instability involves the patella (kneecap) moving out if its normal pattern of alignment and creating a loose feeling when the knee is in movement. In athletes, the condition is usually caused by a dislocation and is commonly associated with pain and swelling in the front of the knee.
A patellofemoral dislocation usually occurs when a twisted knee injury causes the kneecap to dislocate. It can occur during a sporting event when an athlete tries to plant and changes directions or performs a cutting motion. During this motion, the athlete’s foot remains firmly planted and the athlete’s body twists around the knee.
Treatment for Patellofemoral Instability
The surgeon will determine the treatment for patellofemoral instability after the underlying cause of the condition has been determined. If loose bodies from a fracture are not found and this is the patient’s first dislocation, then non-operative treatment will likely be recommended. Blood and fluid may be removed from the knee in a procedure called aspiration, the knee may be wrapped in a compression, and immobilization and quadriceps strengthening exercises may be some of the treatments recommended. In cases where recurrent dislocations have occurred or acute displaced fracture is present, prompt surgery including MPFL reconstruction, trochleoplasty, and medialization of the tibial tuberosity may be required.
Patellofemoral Instability Recovery
Recovery from patellofemoral instability surgery will take some time in order for the ligament repair or reconstruction to heal. Physical therapy will be required for several months in order for strength and full range of motion to return. Most patients will recover well following surgery to correct patellofemoral instability, but they must understand that commitment to rehab is critical and that regular exercise to maintain control of the lower extremities is highly important.
Patellofemoral Instability FAQ’s
Q: Who is typically affected by patellofemoral instability?
A: Commonly patients with patellofemoral instability are young, active and female.
Q: Can chronic patellofemoral instability lead to other conditions?
A: Yes. If not treated, chronic patellofemoral instability can lead to severe arthritis of this joint.
Contact an Experienced Knee Specialist
The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles features some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when treating patients with patellofemoral instability. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our contact form.
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