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Patellar Subluxation and Dislocation

Medical Definition: Subluxation - The patella partially coming off of its track.
Dislocation - The patella entirely coming off of its track.

Causes:
Patellar Subluxation may be caused by Iliotibial Band Syndrome, trauma-such as a twisting injury, or general malalignment of the patella. Patellar Dislocation is usually due to a traumatic injury - such as a blow to the knee.

Symptoms:
Pain in the patellar region.

Recommended Treatment: R.I.C.E.
- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Strengthening of surrounding muscles to help absorb shock to the knee. A proper stretching (Quadriceps, Iliotibial Band) routine is highly recommended pre and post workouts. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. (If any skin irritation or adverse reaction occurs due to icing, see your medical doctor).


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