Patellar Tracking Disorder: Exercises
The thigh muscles (quadriceps) help keep the kneecap (patella) stable and in place. Weak quadriceps increase the risk of Reference patellar tracking disorder Opens New Window.
Ligaments and tendons also help stabilize the patella. If these are too tight or too loose, you have a greater risk of patellar tracking disorder.
The goals of nonsurgical treatment of patellar tracking problems are to reduce symptoms, increase quadriceps strength and endurance, and return to normal function. Exercises for patellar tracking disorder are not complicated and can be done at home in about 20 minutes a day.
- Most patellar tracking problems can be treated effectively without surgery. Nonsurgical treatment may include rest, regular stretching and strengthening exercises, taping or bracing the knee, using ice, and short-term use of Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Opens New Window.
- Quadriceps strengthening is the most commonly prescribed treatment for patellar tracking disorder. Exercises to increase flexibility and to strengthen the muscles around the hip can also help.Reference 1
- Patience and dedication are essential. The slow progress and improvement can be frustrating. But most people can be spared a surgical procedure by closely following a conservative therapy program.
Be sure to stay on your exercise program. You may not notice much improvement in your symptoms right away, and recovery can take several months. Problems can come back if you don't keep your strength and flexibility.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery