Knee Dislocation Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on March 14, 2024
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  • Ice the area.
  • Immobilize leg above and below the injured knee. Cardboard, magazines, or other stiff material that can be used as splints.
  • Do not try to push knee back into its original position. Manipulating a dislocated joint can cause severe injury.
  • 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.