If your patella is being pulled to the side by a tight lateral
retinaculum, a surgeon may recommend a lateral release. This procedure, often
arthroscopic surgery, cuts the lateral
Most people with patellar tracking disorder get better without surgery. They get better by doing strengthening and stretching exercises for a few months. And they avoid activities that make the knee worse. Surgery is usually done only when all other treatments have not worked. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.1
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