Patellar Tracking Disorder - Topic Overview
You may also have imaging tests such as
CT scan, and
How is it treated?
You can try home treatment if
your knee is not swollen, dislocated, giving way, or causing you severe pain.
Take a break from activities that cause knee pain, like squatting, kneeling,
running, and jumping. Put ice on your knee, and use pain medicines you can buy
without a prescription.
As your knee pain starts to decrease,
begin stretching and strengthening your leg. Strengthening your thigh muscles
can help keep the kneecap stable. Your doctor or physical therapist can help
you plan an exercise program specifically for your condition. You will probably
start with one or two exercises and add others over time. It is important to
closely follow the instructions from your doctor or physical therapist.
Knee pain can be a slow and frustrating condition to heal. But most
people with pain from patellar tracking disorder gain relief with a few months
of treatment and without surgery. As a rule, the longer you have had this
problem, the longer it will take to get better.
Most people can
gradually return to their previous activity level if they:
- Avoid movements that make symptoms
- Do specific stretches and muscle-conditioning exercises.
- Lose excess weight.
- Tape or brace the knee, in some
- Learn the best way to perform a sport, and wear the right
shoes or equipment.
Surgery is usually not needed for patellar tracking
disorder. It is most often used when dislocation happens many times and other
treatments have not worked. There are many types of surgery that can realign
the kneecap and correct the tracking problem in some people. You and your
doctor can decide which surgery is best for you.
How can patellar tracking disorder be prevented?
You may be able to prevent patellar tracking disorder and related knee
pain. Avoid activity that overloads and overuses the knee. Stretch your legs
and hips well, both before and after activity. Cycling and swimming are
especially good activities. Stay at a healthy weight to reduce stress on your
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