Patella dislocation is a relatively common injury in young male and female athletes playing change of direction sports.
As you can in this video, the patella can go back in easy, but unfortunately 1/3 of patients will experience recurrences despite rehabilitation (Moiz et al, 2018). One must question though; what was the rehabilitation quality like? And did they pass a series of strength and functional tests and subjective questionnaires similiar to what is required of ACLR patients prior to their return to sport?
My gut tells me "not that great" and "no"..
In my opinion, patella dislocations should pass a series of strength and functional tests prior to returning back to sport; similiar to what Randall Cooper and I have collated in the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide.
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