Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to their doctor. With today?s increasingly active society, the number of knee problems is increasing. Knee pain has a wide variety of specific causes and treatments.
If your knee aches or your kneecap shifts or
catches, first try the stretching and strengthening exercises and other tips in
the Home Treatment section of this topic. If your symptoms continue longer than
1 to 2 weeks or if your knee is swollen, talk to your doctor.
Who To See
The following health professionals can perform initial
diagnosis and treatment for patellar tracking disorder or dislocation of the
Emergency medicine specialist
Sports medicine specialist
Orthopedic surgeon (orthopedist)
Family medicine doctor
For instruction in strengthening, stretching, bracing,
and taping techniques, see a
For evaluation of
whether a dislocated kneecap could benefit from surgery, see an
orthopedic surgeon (orthopedist) or
sports medicine specialist. For more information, see
the Surgery section of this topic.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.