Patellar Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA kneecap (patella) becomes dislocated when the kneecap slides to the outside of the knee. This injury tears muscles and tendons around the kneecap.


  • Wear your splint or brace as told by your doctor. This supports your knee and stops you from bending your knee.

  • Use crutches as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the bag of ice and your cast, splint, or wrap.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Rest your knee.

  • Perform exercises as told by your doctor. This is important.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.


  • You have more pain or puffiness (swelling) of the knee.

  • Your medicine does not help your pain.

  • You have more warmth or redness (inflammation) of the knee.

  • You keep dislocating your kneecap.

  • You have stiffness or your knee gets stuck (locks) in one position.

  • You have increasing pain when you put weight on your leg.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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