Patellofemoral instability (kneecap dislocation)
The patellofemoral joint consists of the meeting area and articulation between the patella (kneecap) and the front of the femur (thigh bone) called the trochlea.
This area of the knee joint is very important in transmitting the force from the big thigh muscle (quadriceps) across the knee joint. It can become troublesome after an injury or when an individual’s natural anatomical make up makes it inherently more unstable.
For many patients, an isolated kneecap dislocation and instability event can successfully be managed with appropriate rehabilitation and strengthening. (Link here for patellofemoral rehabilitation). There are individuals, however, who despite good initial non-operative treatment and physiotherapy run into difficulties with recurrent and multiple dislocation events and instability symptoms. This is a scenario when surgical stabilisation (MPFL reconstruction) may become appropriate.
Further details on this surgical treatment will be discussed if necessary at consultation and is outlined at this link………Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction