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    knee popping
    shortstack2190 posted:
    what should i do when i feel like my knee is popping out of place with the knee cap and i have to stop when it happens. I randomly have it happen and it is a sharp pain. I have to stop what i am doing and take all pressure off of it until it feels like its back where it is supposed to be.
    Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS responded:

    It sounds like you may have what is called subluxation of the patella or kneecap. This often happens when there are muscle imbalances in the lower extremity. This can include weakness in the hips and thighs that can affect the knee.

    Often, a program of specific strengthening of the muscles of the hips, legs and core - along with appropriate stretching and cardiovascular work - can resolve the knee dysfunction of 'popping'.

    However, it is important to have your knee assessed by your primary care doctor or an orthopaedic surgeon, or a physical therapist before you start your exercise program.
    You can find a PT at Find a PT at:

    Good Luck!

    Dr. Wilmarth
    Dr. Mary Ann Wilmarth

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