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    Knee Dislocation Treatment

    1. Call 911 or Go to the Emergency Room

    2. Control Swelling

    • Ice the area.

    3. Immobilize Dislocation

    • Immobilize leg above and below the injured knee. Cardboard, magazines, or other stiff material can be used as splints.
    • Do not try to push knee back into its original position. Manipulating a dislocated joint can cause severe injury.

    4. Follow Up

    • At the hospital, a doctor will realign the joint, perhaps under anesthesia, and assess how much the dislocation has damaged the bones and surrounding tissues and blood vessels.
    • Treatment may include stabilizing the knee with splints. Surgery is sometimes necessary.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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