Treatment for Patellar Tracking Disorder

What is patellar tracking disorder?

Patellar tracking disorder happens when your kneecap (patella) shifts out of place during normal leg movement. When you bend or straighten your knee, the patella or kneecap moves up and down along a groove at your femur (thigh bone). When the patella moves towards the outside or inside of your leg instead of moving in its usual position, it is known as patellar tracking disorder.
This condition is known to cause pain.

Causes of patellar tracking disorder

Patellar tracking disorder is usually caused by a combination of issues. The problem can occur if the tendons surrounding the knee are too tight or too loose. It can also happen as a result of problems with the muscles, ligaments, and cartilage around the hip, leg or foot.

Patellar tracking disorder can also occur from an injury or accident that results in blunt trauma to the knee area, knocking the patella out of its normal positioning. Overuse and too much pressure on the knee and foot can also cause patellar tracking disorder.

Even though this condition is brought about by a variety of factors, there is a set of risk factors that increases the chances of patellar tracking disorder occurring.
They are:

How is patellar tracking disorder diagnosed?

Because the symptoms of patellar tracking disorder are very similar to that of other knee issues, it can be difficult to self-diagnose the condition.

It is recommended that you consult your GP who will consider your medical history, examine your knee, and possibly suggest an X-ray in order to determine the condition and position of your knee bones. In the event that further information is needed, it may be necessary to undergo an MRI.

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