Kneecap Dislocation and Mechanical Problems

What is a kneecap dislocation?

Injury or degeneration of bone or cartilage can cause a piece of bone or cartilage to break off and float in the joint space and affect the joint movement. Or the ligament that extends from the outside of your pelvic bone to the outside of your tibia becomes so tight that it rubs against the outer portion of your femur or thighbone. This is common with distance runners.

The knee cap can also become dislocated, slipping out of place to the outside of the knee and not slip back into place. Sometimes athletes or those with arthritis develop a chronic pain between the knee cap and the thighbone that may be the result of the misalignment of the kneecap. Problems with your hip or foot may change the way you walk and end up putting more stress on the knee joint.


Joint Replacement

Whether your journey leads to hip or knee replacement or some other type of treatment that relieves your day-to-day pain and improves mobility, Main Line Health walks with you from pre-op arrangements to on-site physical therapy to recovering soundly at home—and everything in between.

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery, also called total knee replacement surgery, often involves “resurfacing,” a procedure in which the damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed.

Non-Surgical Orthopaedic Treatments

Some orthopaedic conditions are first treated with non-surgical procedures followed by surgery as the next step.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

As one of the most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, our primary focus is to help patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions.