Patella Dislocation Conservative Rehab Protocol

Keys to a Successful Outcome

  • Avoid excessive loading or extreme movements during the recovery period.

  • Wear the required brace for the necessary time to restore proper patellar alignment.

Phase
Brace
ROM
WB
Exercises
Weeks 0-2
Knee immobilizer
Week 1-2: Gradually increased based on tolerance; AROM/AAROM/PROM
WBAT with knee immobilizer
Emphasis on full return of Knee Ext; Closed/open chain strength exercises; work on balance/proprioception
Weeks 2-4
Patellar stabilizing brace
Progress ROM with goal of FAROM by 4-6 weeks
WBAT
Progress Phase I exercises; incorporate total leg strengthening exercises, avoid dynamic valgus angles; can begin cardio
Weeks 4+
Patellar stabilizing brace for sports or strenuous activities
FAROM
WBAT
Progress muscle strength, endurance, and balance activities; begin sport specific training, if necessary.

 

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