How is an injured MPFL treated?
If the MPFL injury is minimal and is not accompanied by any other injury to the knee, and if the patient has a normal patellar height, surgery may be avoided. Non-surgical treatment may include:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Physical therapy
In younger patients who have recurrent knee dislocations, or if the patient has patella alta (high-riding kneecap) or other underlying conditions, surgery may be necessary. Surgical treatment of a complete tear of the MPFL may include replacing the ligament with a tendon, taken from the patient (autograft) or from a donor (allograft). MPFL reconstruction has been shown to be an excellent treatment for a torn MPFL when done correctly. It is important to see an orthopedic knee surgeon, like Dr. Verma, who has experience and success in treating MPFL injuries.
If you experience recurrent knee dislocations or have knee instability and pain and would like further information about MPFL reconstruction or repair, please contact the office of Nikhil Verma, MD, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and the surrounding Chicago, IL communities.