In most of the cases I’ve seen, the cause of kneecap pain has very little to do with your actual kneecap. Sure, it is the kneecap that is hurting, and x-rays may prove that there is some wearing of the cartilage there. Your doctor or physical therapist may even show you that the kneecap is not in alignment with the rest of your leg. But the truth is, the most common causes of kneecap pain are poor hip strength, quad dominance, foot over-pronation or poor training techniques-usually of a combination of the four.

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http://www.jospt.org/issues/articleID.2427,type.2/article_detail.asp

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About Trish Skarulis Stallone

I’m an orthopedic and fitness physical therapist, in practice in NYC. I received a master’s in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and am a certified strength and conditioning specialist. I’ve performed physical therapy in several gyms throughout the city and seen countless orthopedic surgeries. My passion is post-op rehab as well as foot/shoulder/knee overuse injuries. I also cast custom foot orthotics.

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