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