The thigh muscles (quadriceps) help
keep the kneecap (patella) stable and in place. Weak quadriceps increase the
patellar tracking disorder.
tendons also help stabilize the patella. If these are too tight or too loose,
you have a greater risk of patellar tracking disorder.
of nonsurgical treatment of patellar tracking problems are to decrease
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
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).1
- Quadriceps strengthening is the most commonly
prescribed treatment for patellar tracking disorder. Exercises to increase
flexibility and to strengthen the muscles used for hip rotation can also
- 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