IMAGINGPatellar Dislocations and Reduction ProcedureRamponi, Denise DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CENEditor(s): Ramponi, Denise DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN, Column Editor Author Information School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Emergency Department and Convenient Care settings, Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Corresponding Author: Denise Ramponi, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAEN, FAANP, CEN, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, 60001 University Blvd, Moon Township, Pittsburgh, PA 15108 ([email protected]). Illustrations by Nicole Eaton, Media Arts, Robert Morris University.Disclosure: The author reports no conflicts of interest. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 89-92 doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000104 Buy Metrics Abstract Acute patellar dislocations are a common injury occurring in adolescents involved in sports and dancing activities. This injury usually occurs when the knee is in full extension and sustains a valgus stress on the knee. The medial patellofemoral ligament is the medial restraint that assists in stabilizing the patella from lateral dislocations. The patella usually dislocates laterally and is usually not difficult to reduce after patient evaluation and prereduction radiographs. After postreduction radiographs confirm proper position of the patella postreduction and the absence of fractures, the patient is usually treated conservatively with initial immobilization, orthopedic referral, and physical therapy. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.