The patella (kneecap) is an important bone that forms a part of the muscle/tendon complex that stretches from hip to shinbone, and which acts to straighten the knee.

The alignment of the patella is affected by the axis of the trunk and the lower limb, and anything affecting the structures here will also affect the patella, and may cause distressing symptoms. Hence it can be a complex issue to work out why there is pain or instability in this area.

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The patella - key to knee extension

Every step you take involves the patella. During knee rehabilitation it becomes central to the rehabilitation process.