What causes a maltracking patella

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Essentials of Biology What is Patellar Tracking Disorder? What exactly is Patellar Tracking Disorder? What can cause such a disorder? Are you at an increased risk? If so, is it changeable? How do you know if you have Patellar Tracking Disorder? What can you do to relieve the patellofemoral pain and treat this disorder? In this paper, such questions will be answered. Patellar Tracking Disorder is when the patella (knee cap) shifts out of place when the leg is put into a bent position; such as sitting, kneeling or squatting. In many cases of those who suffer from Patella Tracking Disorder the patella shift to the outer area of the leg where in very few cases does the patella shift to the inside of the leg. The knee joint is connected to the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) and the femur (thigh bone). The patella is kept in place, in the front of the knee joint, by tendons on the upper and lower parts of the knee joint and then by ligaments on the sides. On the underside of the patella a small layer of cartilage is present helping the patella smoothly glide along the groove at the end of the femur. If the groove is too shallow or if there is a damaged cartilage the patella can shift or even rotate off the expected track. Not only will a shallow groove result in such a disorder, ligaments, tendons and/or muscles that are either too loose or too tight can also lead to Patellar tacking disorder. Causes of Patellar tracking disorder vary with the individual. Mostly it is a combination of bone, muscle, tendon and ligament problems. A small portion of the time they are inherited. Humans are at an increased and unchangeable risk if there is a family history of knee problems, patella abnormalities, a growth spurt, poorly healed injury,
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previous patella dislocation or surgery.
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course BIOLOGY 10100 taught by Professor Huie during the Fall '06 term at Ithaca College.

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