This program is aimed at patients diagnosed with patellar luxation.
You may begin this program after consulting your physician or a member of our team.
The goal of the program is to alleviate pain and swelling, restore movement in the knee, and prevent complications.
For a full and timely recovery, it is necessary to perform the exercises daily.
What the program contains:
- The program contains video playlists.
- A new playlist is loaded every day.
- The videos combine a detailed description of the exercise with a visual demonstration of how to correctly perform it.
- The exercises gradually progress in difficulty.
36 days of rehabilitation
47 different exercises
445 videos total
Necessary equipment: non-elastic band, exercise ball, foam roller
All rehabilitation exercises are only to be performed until you feel a stretch up to a mild discomfort. Under no circumstances should you cause yourself any pain. If you feel any pain, please take a short break and resume exercising at a reduced strain level. Overexertion will slow down the recovery process!
This program was created with the help of:
Kaloyan Krumov - Physical Therapist
Please don’t hesitate to ask us your questions. Dial +359889250440 or use the chat bubble on the bottom right.
The joint where the patella (kneecap) and femur (thighbone) meet is known as the patellofemoral joint. It serves to ensure balanced and stable mobility of the patella throughout the entire range of motion of the knee joint. It also serves to maintain maximum contact between the articulation surfaces of the patella and the patellar groove (a.k.a. intercondylar notch) in the femur.
Usually the patella moves along a vertical axis, with some lateral motion towards the moment of full extension of the knee. Several factors are involved in the stable motion along this groove, and they can be grouped into two categories – functional and structural. Functional factors include, among others: the correct functioning and activation of the vastus medialis (the ‘inner head’ or ‘teardrop muscle’) of the quadriceps femoris, and the balance between it and the other three quadriceps heads; the functioning of the muscles that move and stabilize the hip joint. Structural factors include: the anatomy of the intercondylar notch; the anatomy of the joint surfaces of the patella; the ligaments stabilizing the patella in the notch; anatomic variations of the lower limb and pelvis (e.g. women’s wider hips lead to a larger load being put on the knee joint, and especially on the patellofemoral joint).
Complete dislocation of the patella out of the intercondylar groove is called luxation. A luxating patella is typically slips back into place spontaneously, when the muscles relax or during active extension of the knee joint. Occasionally a relocation under anesthesia will be necessary.
This type of injury is common in young adults, young women being more frequently affected.
Depending on the cause of patellar luxation and the severity of injury to the structures involved, conservative or operative treatment can be preferred. Conservative treatment aims to reduce the initial swelling and inflammation after the injury, and to improve and restore the functional factors of patellar stability. This is achieved through kinesiotherapy exercises, performed in a well structured order.
The duration of recovery from patellar luxation depends on the severity of the injury. On average it lasts from 2 weeks to 2 months.