Knee Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA knee dislocation happens when the thigh bone moves out of place with the lower leg bone. Usually, if your knee is dislocated, at least 2 of the strong cords that hold your bones together (ligaments) are also damaged. Knee dislocation often is caused by a sports accident or from a car or motorcycle accident.

Your doctor will put your knee back in place. A splint will be placed around your knee. Sometimes pins need to be drilled into your thigh and leg bones. The pins attach to a metal bar outside your body. This holds your knee in place until the ligaments heal. If you have damaged blood vessels, they will be repaired when your ligaments are repaired.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Raise your leg above your heart as told by your doctor.

  • Move your ankle and toes as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.


  • Your splint becomes damaged.

  • You have pins and they become damaged or loose.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose the feeling in your foot or the ability to move your ankle and toes.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.