The kneecap normally glides over a groove in the bones that make up the knee joint. A kneecap subluxation means that your child’s kneecap moves partly out of this groove for a short time.
Kneecap subluxation usually happens when your child’s leg and knee straighten past a normal position. Your child’s kneecap is more likely to move out of place if:
Symptoms may include:
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child will have X-rays.
Your child will need to change or stop doing the activities that cause pain until the injury has healed.
The healthcare provider may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises and other types of physical therapy to help your child heal.
The provider may recommend that your child use a splint or brace to keep his kneecap in place.
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider. In addition:
Ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
It may help if your child does exercises that keep the thigh muscles strong, especially the muscles on the inner side of the thigh. Ask your child’s healthcare provider or physical therapist about these exercises.