During exercise, you may collide and cause the kneecap to lie on the wrong side of the joint. The kneecap is dislocated. The kneecap can pop out of the socket on either side, towards the inside (medial) or outside (lateral). In sports trauma, we see that the kneecap dislocates medially. This often has to do with external forces on the body. Think for example of a collision. Most common, however, is that the kneecap luxates outward. We often see a lateral kneecap luxation in growing girls. This can happen spontaneously.
A patellar luxation can be caused, for example, during exercise. It is possible that external forces are exerted on the leg / kneecap. This usually happens with excessive twisting, jumping, or a blow to the kneecap. In young women, when they are in the growth spurt, luxation is likely to occur spontaneously. It can repeat itself. A knee brace can offer a solution for a patellar luxation.
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A patellar luxation can recover in a conservative or operative manner. In a conservative way, it is ensured that the kneecap is put back into the joint and the knee will be cast or put in a (similar) Bauerfeind SecuTec brace . Then the rehabilitation process begins. The bands around the kneecap will have to recover and strengthen. Not all movements can be made just like that. Especially when climbing stairs, getting up, squatting or cycling, there is a chance that a patellar luxation will take place. It is recommended to purchase a knee brace that limits the extension and flexion movements. For this, you can, for example, look at the aforementioned Bauerfeind SecuTec.
The surrounding muscles and tendons will recover and strengthen over time. After which a brace can be worn that supports the patella so that it does not just “pop out”.
It is also possible that the patella / kneecap and surrounding bands can only be repaired by surgery. Is this the case for you or do you think this is the solution for you? Then contact your doctor to discuss all options.
As described above, you can choose to have the leg plastered only after the kneecap has been put back in place. The muscles and the haircut can recover in this way. After the plaster casts off, the rehabilitation process begins. You can also opt for a “custom-made brace”. See the Bauerfeind SecuTec brace for this. Then the body will have to recover and the muscles need to be strengthened. Especially standing up, climbing stairs, cycling and squatting are exercises in which the risk of patellar luxation is present. The Bauerfeind SecuTec brace can be varied in maximum angular positions of the leg. This patella knee brace therefore imposes a maximum extension and flexion restriction. This ensures that the patella does not just get dislocated. At a later stage, it is useful to purchase a brace in which the patella is guided in the right direction. Below are the braces that meet the requirements.