UConn freshman Ice Brady’s dislocated patella: Experts explain injury, surgery, and recovery
CTInsider.com discusses UConn Huskies Ice Brady’s dislocated patella injury and experts weigh in on a typical recovery timetable, including HSS sports medicine surgeon Moira M. McCarthy, MD.
Because of the dislocation, the knee often swells and can make it difficult to walk even after the kneecap has been popped back into place. Dr. McCarthy explained, "Sometimes it will hurt so much that they can’t walk on it, but the thing that will usually be common is they will have a lot of swelling, or what we call an effusion inside the knee, which will make it hard for the muscles to fire to walk normally.”
Patella dislocations are common in contact sports such as basketball, hockey and football and also in sports that feature knee-twisting movements, like skiing and tennis. "It’s probably not as common as an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] tear or something like that, but it certainly ranks as one of the most common injuries for sports,” said Dr. McCarthy.
Following a dislocated patella injury, Dr. McCarthy noted her patients return to sports after six months.
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