The kneecap is the patella and a subluxation is a partial dislocation. The kneecap can partially dislocate out of its normal position when the thigh muscles are weak. When the thigh muscles are weak, the kneecap is not firmly held in place by the surrounding tendons and ligaments. A patella subluxation also can occur when there is a problem with the alignment or structure of the knee bones.
A patella subluxation is described as the feeling of the kneecap being shifted or jammed out of place – the kneecap dislocation. Repeated kneecap dislocations can damage the cartilage on the back of the patella or stretch connective ligaments.
Patellar Subluxation Symptoms
In most cases, the kneecap is visibly out of place. This condition most commonly affects adolescents and young adults – ages 16 to 20 years.
- Sever knee pain
- Severe knee swelling
- Knee grinding sensation
- Knee popping sensation
Young athletes suffer knee dislocations more commonly than any other group. Sports commonly associated with this injury involve sudden twisting motions of the knee or a traumatic impact include:
- Ice Hockey
- Ice Skating
Treatment for Patellar Subluxation
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine work in concert with every patient to correctly diagnose Patella Subluxation and tailor a physical therapy plan. Every physical therapy plan is designed to rehabilitate the knee, reduce pain, and prevent recurrent injury.
- Medical history
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Sporting activity history
- Physical exercise history
- Work activity history
- Physical examination
- X-rays in some cases to view the tissues surrounding the knee joint
- MRI in some cases to rule out knee joint structure damage
Treating Patellar Subluxation Through Physical Therapy
Specialized physical therapy exercises increase strength and flexibility of the knees by decreasing tightness around the kneecap and reducing pain.
- Taping or using a brace to stabilize the kneecap
- Specialized guided exercises, such as resistance straight-leg raises, to strengthen the quadriceps muscle
- High-tech/high-touch hands-on manipulation
- Ice or heat application
- Home maintenance exercise program, including guidance in the use of anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications and rest
The Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment Team at Spine and Sports Medicine are educated, trained, and practiced in the rehabilitation of patellar subluxation. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy will return the strength and stability of your knee, relieving your pain without the need for invasive surgery. At Spine and Sports Medicine, every patient’s physical therapy program is tailored to their individual condition and needs.
Most importantly, the every patient is personally guided through education and training on how to prevent the condition from worsening and reduce the risk of recurrent injury.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Patellar Subluxation Diagnosis and Pain Management Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your patellar subluxation diagnosis and pain management treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of diagnosing and treating patellar subluxation. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Discover Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Patellar Subluxation Treatment in One Convenient Location
If you are experiencing symptoms of patellar subluxation – and have been delaying seeking treatment for your pain and discomfort – reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of Pain Management Experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only worsen your patellar subluxation. Discover pain relief benefits provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.