dislocate your knee, it may look twisted, bent out of
shape, or out of its normal position. This type of injury may also
A fracture of the knee may mean that you have broken one of the
Knee fractures are most commonly caused by abnormal force, such as
a falling on the knee, a severe twisting motion, severe force that bends the
knee, or when the knee hits an automobile dashboard. Indirect injury, such as a
forceful contraction of the thigh muscle, is less common.
It is much more common to dislocate the kneecap (patella) than the
knee joint. The kneecap is more likely to dislocate when the:
It takes more force to dislocate a kneecap the first time. Once you
have dislocated your kneecap, it will be more easily dislocated by another
injury or a repeat of the forces that dislocated it the first time.
Dislocation of the knee joint is rare and requires great force. A
dislocated knee, even if it goes back into place by itself, is a serious injury
that requires emergency treatment.
Immediate medical treatment may involve:
A fracture or dislocation of the knee requires medical
August 5, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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