If you keep dislocating your kneecap

Most people who dislocate their kneecap won't dislocate it again. But in some people it can keep happening.

This often occurs if the tissues that support the kneecap are weak or loose, such as in people with hypermobile joints , or because the groove in the bone beneath the kneecap is too shallow or uneven.

Regularly doing the exercisesyour physiotherapist recommends can help strengthen the tissues that hold the kneecap in place and reduce the risk of dislocating it again.

Surgery may occasionally be needed ifthe kneecapkeeps dislocating. A common procedure is amedial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) repair.

This is where the connective tissue (ligament) that helps hold the kneecap in place is repaired and strengthened.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018