What to do if you dislocate your kneecap

A dislocated kneecap isn't usually serious and will often pop back into place by itself.

But it's still a good idea to get it checked by a health professional:

  • if your kneecap has gone back into place by itself go to your nearest minor injuries unit (MIU) or accident and emergency (A&E) department
  • if your kneecap hasn't gone back into place call an ambulance: don't try to put it back in place yourself

While you're on your way to hospital or waiting for an ambulance, sit still with your leg in the most comfortable position.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018