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.

HOME CARE

  • 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.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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