We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Choose the Best Patella Exercises?

Dan Cavallari
By
Updated Jan 27, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The patella is a bone that covers the knee, most often known as the kneecap. This bone is connected to the thigh muscles by a tendon that can be damaged, injured, or otherwise weakened, leading to pain in the knee or other tracking problems with the patella. Patella exercises can help alleviate pain and strengthen the tendon as well as the muscles to which the tendon connects, though before attempting any patella exercises, it is a good idea to visit a doctor so you can find out what is causing the problem in the first place. Failure to do so can actually worsen pain.

Once you have determined the cause of the pain, you may choose patella exercises that do not increase pain. Start with easier exercises that increase mobility and test the overall strength of the knee, and if pain worsens, stop the exercises altogether. Depending on the issue causing the pain, you may need to consider strengthening the muscles of the thigh; squats and deadlifts are great exercises to accomplish this, but again, these exercises can sometimes lead to more pain in the knee, so they should be stopped immediately if pain is felt.

Most patella exercises are aimed at strengthening the muscles that stabilize the knee. These muscles may include the thigh, gluteus medius, and even the calf muscles. Calf raises can help strengthen the calf muscles, and when combined with a regular stretching routine, calf raises can improve leg strength and function quickly and effectively. Clamshell lifts can work the gluteus medius muscles, which are situated on the outside of the hips. These stabilizer muscles help improve knee function, so they will need to be strengthened and stretched regularly.

Injuries to the cartilage of the knee, which usually sits beneath the patella, may become exacerbated through patella exercises. If this occurs, stop exercising and visit a doctor to determine the best course of action. Injuries to tendons can also be aggravated by patella exercises; a doctor may recommend combining exercise with anti-inflammatory medications, or he may simply recommend light stretching exercises to start with. Once the tendons and muscles are no longer inflamed, you can begin doing mobility exercises aimed at allowing you to move the knee more smoothly in a correct path. The kneecap can become misaligned, and exercise will only make the problem worse if it is performed incorrectly or too often.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.