Reducing a Dislocated Patella

September/October 2004  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 17 Number 5


By Frank Hubbell, DO

A relatively common sports injury, a dislocated patella typically occurs when a force is applied to the medial side of the patella forcing it laterally out of the femoral groove in which it rides. The groove, produced by the femoral condyles of the patella, is held in place inferiorly by the patella tendon and supported on the sides by the medial and lateral patella femoral ligaments.

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