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The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the
knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur). A kneecap can be dislocated,
or moved out of its normal position, when:
Symptoms of a dislocated kneecap may include:
A dislocation can cause other problems even if the bone pops back
Other Works Consulted
Mulford JS, et al. (2007). Assessment and management
of chronic patellofemoral instability. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume, 89-B(6): 709–716.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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