How is a torn MPFL treated?
Often this type of injury can be treated without the need for surgical intervention. If the dislocation was minimal and did not have additional injury, such as pieces of bone or cartilage being knocked loose, and if the patient has a normal patellar height when injured, surgery may be avoided. In these cases, Dr. Vidal will prescribe rest, administer medication, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and set up a physical therapy protocol.
In patients who are young, have recurrent dislocations, or in patients who have patella alta (high kneecap) or other underlying conditions; surgery may be required. It is important to see Dr. Vidal, who has had extensive experience with patients who have MPFL injuries, to receive the best treatment options for the best outcome.