Patellar Tracking Disorder - What Increases Your Risk
Some risk factors for
patellar tracking disorder are beyond your control.
Others, such as having weak quadriceps, you can change.
Risk factors that you cannot change
- Family history of knee
- Knee abnormalities, such as knock-knees or an excessively
long patellar tendon that allows the patella to slide too high on the knee
joint (patella alta).
poorly healed injury of the hip, leg, knee, or foot.
- Previous knee surgery.
ligamentous laxity, or "loose-jointedness."
- Damage to cartilage.
Risk factors that you can avoid or change
- Weak thigh muscles
- The outer part of your thigh muscle is stronger or
contracts quicker than the inner thigh muscle.
- Tight ligaments,
tendons, and muscles.
- Excessive body weight.
particularly on hills.
- Playing sports that require repeated
jumping, knee bending, or squatting.
- Improper athletic training or technique.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 19, 2010
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