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07-06-2012, 01:42 PM
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Here is an article I found on dislocated knee caps.

How to treat a dislocated kneecap.

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The kneecap (patella) sits in a groove at the bottom of thighbone. It stays in this groove when the knee is bent and acts as a support for the quadricep muscles that stabilize the leg when it is extended. Any physical activity that involves the lower extremities requires a stable kneecap.

The good news: In 90 percent of the cases, the kneecap returns to its groove spontaneously. There might still be pain and damage to supporting structures, so donít try to walk it off or put weight on it immediately. More good news: Getting the kneecap back into its proper position is safe and simple when performed by a health care professional.
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Expect to return to participation within four to six weeks after the injury, but aggressive treatment may shorten that time period. Surgery is rarely required, but when it is, six to eight weeks might be needed before the knee is strong enough to resume sports activities.

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