Knee problems suck.

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    Jan 03, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    I sublexed my patella last semester at school (kneecap came out of place and replaced itself). Other than icing it and going to therapy, does anyone have any other ways to prevent more injury and/or to heal faster?
  • auryn

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    Jan 03, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    You'll likely go over this in Physical Therapy, but one suggestion that I've found is for you to strengthen the hip abductors and hip flexors (pelvic stabilization exercises) which will offer better control of the kneecap.

    Ask your Doctor and your PT for specific excercises. Since you're dealing with a current injury, they'll be better able to instruct you on what and how to do any excersizes for this issue.

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    Jan 04, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    Well I'm just a student PT but I have seen a few people with subluxed patellae. It's always worth getting checked out by a doctor or a PT, any other advice will be purely speculative.

    But in general, quads exercises are usually given as they help the patella to track properly in its groove.

    Whoever you see should check for tightness in the iliotibial band, quads, and glutes - tightness in any of these can cause the patella to maltrack, and can be sorted by doing some simple stretches that target these muscles.

    If you do see a doc or a PT, make sure they do check the tightness in those muscles; it's not routinely checked here in the UK (but it may be done where you live)

    Do get yourself checked by a professional though, there are other things that can cause subluxation - but you'll need a full examination to get an idea of the underlying cause. Subluxed kneecaps can easily become chronic and you really don't want that to happen. I understand it's very painful!
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    Jan 04, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    You know what? I've been doing leg extensions, with resistance, since I was 15 years old. I've never had knee problem one. I think that having heavily muscled legs has prevented injury / problems.
  • helium

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    Jan 04, 2008 6:16 AM GMT
    I'll agree with chucky on that. Having some strong quads does help reduce the knee problems. I have severe tendinitis on both knees from high school running and working on my quads have helped out with a lot of that problem.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 04, 2008 2:19 PM GMT
    That's true, but if you get hit by a car on your bike like yours truly ... no matter how strong your quad is ... you'll have some knee pain. icon_smile.gif