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Dislocated knee occurs when the knee is knocked out of position, this is usually the result of a hard impact to the knee that is enough to move the bone without actually fracturing it or breaking it. Often this can happen in contact sports when the foot is grounded and physical impact is made with another competitor this easily can happen in sports like rugby and football where physical contact and collision occurs and is a normal part of the game. The dislocated knee patella means that suddenly the knee can no longer move easily and mobility is heavily reduced and so everyday activities become troublesome and painful.
Dislocated knees can often pop-back into position by themselves but other times the knee has to be popped back into position by someone like a chiropractor. Gentle force is applied onto the kneecap pushing it back into place, repositioning can happen very quickly and relief can be instant.
If the kneecap often becomes dislocated surgery may be required to prevent constant relocation. Tendons will be realigned and tightened in order to stabilize the joint.
During the rehabilitation process it may be wise to wear a support brace in order to keep the knee from moving out of position.
After dislocation light exercise can be prescribed by a physiotherapist in order to aid rehabilitation and ensure a quick and full recovery. Cycling is a good activity for the knees due to its ability to stimulate blood flow and relax and contract the tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee. This all happens without the wearing away effects of high impact activity like running that can negatively affect the knees. It is advised to wear a support or guards on the knees to protect them during rehabilitation as cycling falls can lead to a worsening of any knee problems, especially on hard flat surfaces like roads.