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Symptoms and Signs of Dislocated Knee Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery, and Recovery

Doctor's Notes on Dislocated Knee Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery, and Recovery

A knee dislocation refers to the bones of the knee joint being out of place. The ligaments of the knee must tear for a knee dislocation to occur and allow the bones to take on an abnormal position. Knee dislocation is not a common injury. It is usually caused by a major trauma such as a fall, car crash, or other high-speed injury.

Signs and symptoms of a knee dislocation include a deformed or misaligned appearance to the knee, severe pain in the knee, inability or reduced ability to move the knee joint, and swelling of the knee. Other associated symptoms in serious cases can include loss of feeling or sensation below the knee or loss of a pulse below the knee.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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