Kneecap Dislocations

Kneecap dislocations, and patellofemoral knee pain

Patellar instability is the painful and disabling condition that results from a tear of a ligament on the inside part of the knee which controls the position and movement of the kneecap as your knee bends and straightens.


Many cases of patellofemoral knee pain are treated through conservative measures that may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ankle bracing

Severe cases that do not respond to conservative treatment methods may require surgical correction. Surgery for chronic knee pain involves repairing or reconstructing the damaged ligaments that cause symptoms. Recovery from surgery varies depending on the specific procedure that is performed.

Treatment regarding kneecap dislocations may require surgery, in which we invite you to contact our office to evaluate your options

Dr. Soma has over 30 years experience evaluating and treating athletes in a number of professional and high level amateur athletics, surfing competitions, and MMA and other events on Maui. Call Dr. Soma for an appointment, a second opinion, or for an acute injury to the arms or legs, for expert and efficient evaluation and treatment, at 808 242-0001.

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