Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dislocated Knee Treatment

The treatment for a kneecap dislocation usually includes relocation of the kneecap followed by splinting the knee. Additional treatment may include rest, elevation, pain medications, and cold compresses.

Treatment for a knee joint dislocation usually includes knee surgery to relocate the knee joint, and to repair any associated knee fracture.

The treatment of a kneecap dislocation includes:


Treatment of a knee joint dislocation includes:
  • Surgery for knee dislocation
    • Repairing fractures and restoring normal bone alignment
  • Cold compresses
  • Rest:
    • Walker
    • Crutches
    • Cane
  • Elevate the injured knee
  • Apply a knee cast or splint.
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Physical therapy for knee dislocation

Dislocated Knee Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a knee dislocation.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Dislocated Knee Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat knee dislocation:

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