Patellofemoral dislocation happens when the patella (kneecap) becomes detached from the femur (thigh bone) and moves out of its regular place.
The injury is extremely painful and will prevent the sufferer from walking, though it is fortunately much less serious than other dislocation injuries. A dislocated kneecap will often correct by itself, though consulting an orthopaedic surgeon is recommended nonetheless to prevent complications and identify issues that may prevent adequate healing.
Orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedics SA consult and operate throughout Adelaide and beyond. For an expert opinion regarding your knee injury, contact the friendly team at Ortho SA.