When the patella (knee cap) is dislocated, the structures on the medial side of the patella are torn. Often after a dislocation, the knee can be rehabilitated in physical therapy and the patient can return to activities without repeated dislocations. However, some patients continue to experience instability and dislocations. With each dislocation, there is a risk for associated injuries to the cartilage in the knee. After a bout of conservative treatment, if the patient continues to have recurrent dislocations, surgery to reconstruct the MPFL is recommended.
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