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Rehabilitation for Kneecap (Patella) Problems

Physical therapist working with woman's knee.Whatever your goals, your doctor may recommend that you see a physical therapist to help you reach them. Whenever possible, the goal of your 3-stage rehab program is to get you back to your normal activities. This is done by helping you knee heal and by exercising your knee and its supporting muscles.

 

Stage 1

Starting to Heal

You’ll work with your physical therapist or doctor to reduce pain and swelling. Then you can begin to increase your knee’s range of motion.

 

Stage 2

Improving Your Knee’s Function

You’ll begin flexibility and strengthening exercises. This helps build up the muscles around your knee.

 

Stage 3

Practicing Everyday Moves

You’ll get your knee and leg ready for everyday activities. You’ll work to relearn movements and improve your knee's function..

Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Moloney Johns, Amanda, PA-C, MPAS, BBA
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/12/2013
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