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The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone that fits into a groove on the end of the thighbone and sits over the knee, allowing it to function properly. When the groove is shallow or an accident happens, the kneecap can slide out of place; this is called patellar instability, or kneecap dislocation.
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches kneecap dislocation (patellar instability)
At Boston Children’s Hospital, our doctors specialize in orthopedic care. Our clinical experts lead the country in research and care, and have the pediatric orthopedic expertise to treat the unique needs of children and young adults' musculoskeletal systems.
Each year, our orthopedic team conducts more than 92,000 patient visits and more than 6,000 surgeries. While assessing knee dislocation (patellar instability), our doctors will do everything possible to get the most precise diagnosis so your child can get back to his life.
Patellar instability: Reviewed by Dennis Kramer, MD
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