What is patella instability, and how is it treated?
The patella (kneecap) attaches to the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) via the quadriceps and patellar tendon. It sits in the trochlear groove in the knee and slides up and down as the knee bends and straightens.
Patella instability is most often seen in children and occurs when the patella does not stay within the groove in the knee and seems to slide in and out of position.
There are two main types of patellar instability:
If your child has patellar instability the symptoms can include:
The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with patellar instability return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.
Depending upon the category of patellar instability and the severity of the condition, there are several treatment options.
In many cases, your OrthoNeuro Specialist recommends conservative treatment options for patellar instability after the patella is manually returned to the correct position within the knee.
These treatment options can include:
If your child continues to have chronic patellar dislocations after conservative treatment, an arthroscopic procedure (known as an osteotomy) may be recommended.
During this procedure, the groove within the knee is reshaped so that the kneecap can sit in its correct position.
The Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons at OrthoNeuro are experts in these procedures and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle following these procedures.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of patellar instability, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
IF YOU HAVE A SEVERE KNEE INJURY OR CHRONIC KNEE PAIN THAT REDUCES YOUR MOBILITY OR QUALITY OF LIFE, CONTACT ORTHONEURO TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION. OUR EXPERT ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS ARE ON HAND TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT YOUR KNEE PROBLEM.
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