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Dislocated kneecap again, what do I need to do?

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Ginmakesitallok Fri 05-Feb-16 14:48:30

Dd has dislocated hee kneecap twice before. First time was traumatic, ambulance, morphine, reduction in hospital, weeks in a cast.

Got a call from school to say her knee had gone, it happened when she was sitting down, she thinks she twisted it. Anyway, she managed to get it back in herself, is walking on it ok, and it's a bit sore.

Obviously won't take her to a&e, but what do I need to do? Call physio? Call Dr? Am thinking it can wait until Monday?

Poor wee love was in shock when I picked her up. Have left her on the sofa while I pick up dd2, with a sweetie and banoffee supply.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 05-Feb-16 16:07:12

Hopeful bump. I've called the physio - straight to voice mail

sweetheart Fri 05-Feb-16 16:16:00

This happens to my son a lot. After several visits to A&E we were finally referred to a consultant to check if he had ruptured his ACL, he had an MRI scan and luckily he hasn't so they sent him for physio.

The physio took one look at him and said he's crooked from top to toe. She also performed some movement tests and found him to have hyper mobility in most of his joints.

Since all this has happened his other knee and also his thumb have dislocated. It is just a common occurrence in our house which doesn't even warrant much fuss any more.

He has been given insoles for his shoes to try and correct his posture but other than that until he is fully grown they are reluctant to do any surgery unless he ruptures a ligament.

Ginmakesitallok Fri 05-Feb-16 16:34:30

Thank you for the response. Not sure how I feel about the prospect of this becoming such a regular occurrence that it doesn't warrant much fuss sad

How does your son cope with PE?

sweetheart Mon 08-Feb-16 14:50:31

day to day he's fine with PE. Following a dislocation I write a note to the teacher and he is excused from PE for as long as necessary. The thing with hypermobility in children is that exercise is important. My sons consultant said the worst thing we could do was to stop him being physically active and wrap him up in cotton wool. Building muscles is important and that's what the physio is focused on. My son actually plays a team sport too. Obviously he has to have time off after a dislocation as with PE.

Ginmakesitallok Mon 08-Feb-16 20:01:54

Thank you. Hard not to want her to just stay in one place in the house....

Anyway, physio called. Because she's had 3 dislocations in just over a year she's going to write to "knee consultant " to see if he wants to see her. Don't think anything will come of it, don't think we'd go down surgical route just yet. Will have to hunt out the exercise sheets...

sweetheart Tue 09-Feb-16 09:35:50

How old is your dd? My ds is 10 and they said they wouldn't do surgery on him unless he suffered a ligament rupture. He hasn't as yet - his knee ligaments are over stretched but still in tact so far. She would need an MRI scan to determine this for sure - the consultant can do flex tests to see if he thinks that is necessary. They don't like to go down the surgical route if they can help it whilst they are still growing. Good luck, I know it's not at all pleasant for them :-(

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