Knee Dislocation Treatment

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2020

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.
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