UMEM Educational Pearls

Patellar dislocations:

  • lateral displacement is the most common
  • tender with limited range of motion
  • caused by sudden twisting movement, either with or without contact
  • more common in females and young adolescents
  • reduction by extension of the knee and medial pressure on the patella
  • knee immobilizer and crutches with orthopedics or sports medicine follow up
  • recurrent cases usually require surgery for definitive repair


2. New England Musculoskeletal Institute.