Return to play after acute patellar dislocation

J. Paul Schroeppel, Jill Monson, Elizabeth A. Arendt

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Primary traumatic patellar dislocation is a knee injury primarily encountered among young active athletes. Over recent decades, the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) has been identified as the primary soft tissue restraint to lateral patellar dislocation/instability. Although acute surgical management has been explored, physiotherapy and nonsurgical management remain the mainstay of treatment after primary lateral patellar dislocation. Questions persist regarding optimal immobilization, bracing, taping, and physiotherapy regimens. Return to play programs should involve an individualized progression through objective knee and functional limb variables, supervised by a trained professional. The ultimate goal of management is to minimize recurrence and return athletes to previous level of play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSports Injuries
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783642365690
ISBN (Print)9783642365683
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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