Patellar Tracking Disorder

Patellar Tracking Disorder

What is it?

Patellar tracking disorder occurs when the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal alignment during bending or straightening of the leg. In most cases, the kneecap moves to the outside of the leg.

Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors

A patellar tracking disorder can be caused by:

  • Family history
  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • Lower-body tendons and muscles that are too tight or loose

Symptoms of patellar tracking disorder include:

  • Pain the knee
  • A feeling of weakness in the joint
  • A misshapen appearance in the knee
  • A popping or grinding feeling in the knee

Tests

A doctor will diagnose patellar tracking disorder by examining the knee, reviewing symptoms and medical history, and conducting imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI.

Treatments

Patellar tracking disorder is treated by:

  • Resting the knee
  • Icing the joint
  • Taking medication
  • Undergoing physical therapy
In severe cases, a doctor may recommend surgery to correct the disorder and stabilize the area.

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