Patellar Tracking Disorder (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
What Increases Your Risk
Some risk factors (things that increase your risk) for patellar tracking disorder are beyond your control. Others, such as having weak quadriceps, you can change.
Things that you cannot change
Things that you can avoid or change
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you have severe knee pain or your kneecap has dislocated.
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 do initial diagnosis and treatment for patellar tracking disorder or dislocation of the kneecap:
For instruction in strengthening, stretching, bracing, and taping techniques, see a physical therapist.
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.
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