Knee Luxating Patella (Floating Patella) Treatment

Luxating patella (floating patella) is a condition in which the patella (kneecap) dislocates or moves out of its normal location.

Luxating patella occurs when the triangle-shaped bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slides out of place. The problem usually occurs toward the outside of the knee.

Dislocation may occur as a direct result of injury. Kneecap dislocation can damage a knee joint. That's why one should seek treatment for this condition. For example: physical therapy can help build back your muscle strength and improve the knee's range of motion. If the knee remains unstable, you may need surgery to stabilize the kneecap. This may be done using arthroscopic or open surgery.

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 Helped a lot
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When I was 13, I hurt my knee playing volleyball. There was a loud crunch, sharp pain and lots of initial swelling and bruising. I couldn't walk on it for a week, and the swelling did not recede for two weeks. My parents weren't big on doctors, so my knee was not diagnosed or treated at the time. For four ....
 Helped a little
4 of 4 people found this helpful
When I turned about 14 years old my knee cap dislocated for the first time. It was my right knee. It's a problem that my mother and great grandmother have both had so my mother took me immediately to a doctor who told me he'd have to perform surgery to strengthen the ligaments. Being a young teen, I refused to ....
 Healed
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In 2004 while running I had the unfortunate experience of stepping in a pothole. After hitting this pothole I then had to return home which required a walk of 1/2 a mile. I went to my primary care physician and they told me that I sprained it and it would heal in a few weeks. Then in 2006 I was ....

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Category
Name Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Treatments (average)
3.5
(25)
4 8 11 2
Exercise
Strengthening
3.8
1 1 2
Exercise
Walking
3.5
1 1
Exercise
Aerobics Exercises
3.0
1
Exercise
Biking
2.3
2 1
Exercise
Running
2.0
1 1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Knee brace
4.0
2
Surgery
Knee Arthroscopy
5.0
1
Surgery
Patellar Subluxation Surgery
4.5
1 1
Surgery
Lateral Release Surgery
4.0
1
Therapy
Physical Therapy
4.0
1 1 1
Therapy
Rest
3.5
1 1
Therapy
Leg Elevation
3.0
1
Therapy
Bed Rest
3.0
1
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