Patellar Instability

Patellar instability

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Patellar instability

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What is Patellar instability?

Patellar instability is a condition in which the patella (kneecap) slips in and out of its groove on the femur (thigh bone). It may cause pain, swelling, and tenderness.

The patella is held in place by ligaments that connect it to the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and calf muscles. When these ligaments are weakened or injured, the panniculus tendon can pull on the patella, causing it to move out of place and make your knee unstable.

What are the types of Patellar instability?

There are two types of patellar instability: acute traumatic and chronic pathologic.

Acute traumatic patellar instability occurs when trauma causes your patella to dislocate. This can happen if you fall or jump off something and land on the side of your knee, for example. The dislocation is usually temporary, but it can be painful and cause bruising around your patella.

Chronic pathologic patellar instability is a long-term condition in which your body does not have enough natural lubrication for the knee joint, so there is friction between the bones that causes them to move out of place. This can lead to pain and stiffness in the knee joint.

What are the causes of Patellar instability?

Patellar instability can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Injury to the patellar tendon
  • Poor alignment of the kneecap
  • A tight quadriceps muscle
  • An imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstring muscles
  • Inflammation in the knee joint (chondromalacia)
  • Injury or trauma to the knee;
  • Weakness in the quadriceps muscles;
  • Torn cartilage on the underside of the patella;
  • An enlarged ligament below the knee;
  • Arthritis in your knee joint.

What are the symptoms of Patellar instability?

Symptoms of patellar instability include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the knee and/or groin area
  • Dislocation of the knee cap (patella)
  • Instability while walking, running, or squatting
  • Walking with a limp
  • Kneecap popping out of place when you bend or straighten your leg

What are the risk factors of Patellar instability?

There are many risk factors for patellar instability, including:

  • Having a history of injury or trauma to the knee
  • Having a family history of patellar instability or any other type of ligament injury
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having previous surgery on the knees

Recommended Exercise

Knee

What are the best exercises for Patellar instability?

The best exercises for Patellar instability are ones that strengthen the quadriceps and increase the flexibility of your hips and groin.

There are several exercises that can help manage your symptoms if you have patellar instability. These include:

Quadriceps Contraction (Quad Sets)

One of the best ways to strengthen your quadriceps is through a quad set.

To do this, stand straight with your feet together and bend at the knee until your thigh is parallel with the ground. Then lift one leg up so that it is perpendicular to the floor. Hold for three seconds, then lower back down to starting position. Repeat for 10 to 15 reps on each leg.

Wall Slide

Another great way to strengthen your quads is by doing wall slides. This exercise will help you improve balance and stability while also increasing flexibility in your knees and hips as well as strengthening your quads through repetitive motion.

To perform this exercise, stand with your back against a wall, feet shoulder-width apart, toes facing forward and arms crossed over chest or holding onto something sturdy next to you (like a door handle). Slide down until both knees are bent at 90 degrees then slide back up slowly until legs straighten out again before repeating again slowly – repeat 10 times!

Straight-Leg Raise to the Front

This exercise strengthens the quadriceps and glute muscles.

You can do this exercise anywhere! Just straighten your leg and lift it up as high as it will go, then lower it back down again. Repeat 10 times per side.

What are the treatments for Patellar instability?

The treatments for patellar instability include:

Rest

Rest the knee and avoid activities that cause pain or irritation.

Physiotherapy

This involves exercising the knee to strengthen the muscles around the patella.

Bracing

This is used to help hold the kneecap in place and reduce pain.

Surgery

Surgery is rarely necessary unless there is a tear in the ligament that holds the patella in place.

Exercise

Exercises that strengthen the quadriceps muscles (the muscles on the front of your thighs) are good for patellar instability because they help support the kneecap.

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What brace is best for Patellar instability?

If you’re suffering from patellar instability, the most effective brace is a Patella Knee Brace. This brace helps to stabilize and support your knee joint. It also helps to prevent the patella from slipping out of place.

Patella knee braces are usually used by athletes who play sports such as basketball and tennis. They are also used by people who have suffered from an injury to their knee joints.

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