Patella Tracking Disorders

Patellar Tracking Disorder is a condition where the kneecap shifts out of its normal place as the knee bends and straightens. This disorder can be accompanied by pain and a popping or grinding noise at the knee.  This condition occurs in individuals involved in activities or sports involving jumping and squatting.

In nearly all cases, the condition can be treated through conservative means. With the correct exercise and therapy plan, pain can be alleviated and the disorder can be treated.  Treatments vary based on the activity level of the patient, age and goals.  Some treatment methods are:

  • To avoid activities that irritate the knee cap (usually excessive bending)
  • Medications to alleviate pain
  • Patellar taping
  • Footwear recommendations
  • Regular exercise of the thigh muscle
  • Ice to reduce inflammation