Font Size
A
A
A

Patellar Subluxation


Topic Overview

A subluxation is a partial dislocation. The kneecap, or patella, can sublux out of its normal track when it is not firmly held by the surrounding tendons and ligaments or when the joint is structurally unsound.

A patellar subluxation feels like the kneecap is shifting or jamming out of place. Usually, a subluxated patella returns to its normal position by itself. But repeated incidents can damage the patella's cartilage underside or stretch its connective ligaments.

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPatrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Last RevisedJanuary 9, 2012

eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

To learn more visit Healthwise.org

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.





Medical Dictionary