Monday, December 14, 2020

When The Kneecap Goes Awry

The kneecap (patella), which is embedded in the tendon of the quadraceps (quads) muscle(s) on the front of the thigh, “tracks” in a groove on the front of the femur, or thigh bone. The quadraceps tendon attaches below the knee to the tibia.

As the knee bends back & forth, the kneecap, which effects a mechanical advantage of 30% increase in the power production of our quads, slides in the bony groove.

If the kneecap becomes misaligned, as it slides there is abnormal wear & tear against the groove, and this can be the beginning of arthritis in the knee. There may be an audible “crunch” in the knee with squats. 

As an Activator Chiropractor, I have an effective adjustment for this condition, and I give the patient exercises that will help the kneecap stay in alignment.