A 22-year-old female asked:
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in dance i did a move & my knee popped out then into place,and months later when i was stretching.now my knee cracks constantly. what could this be?

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Dr. David Zull
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Patella malalignment: Sounds like you had knee cap (patella) dislocations. If the knee cap tracts slightly lateral to where it should, it will tend to cause a lot of noise and over time time wear down the cartilage (chondromalacia) as well as risk that it might pop out. Strengthening the inner thigh muscles (adductors) will help improve the patella alignment. Physical therapy is recommended.
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
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Dr. John Golberg
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
best exercise is short arc quadriceps strengthening, Imagine flexing your knee over a large size coffee can, the contracting the muscle to straighten the leg. This will help to correct any muscle imbalance. Surgical treatment is necessary after more than one dislocation.
Sep 16, 2014

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