Can knock knees be corrected in adults?
Yes, there is no age limit for corrective surgery for knock knees. The surgical technique used may vary depending on age. Children can take advantage of their remaining growth to guide the bones straighter with minor surgery. Adults can benefit from osteotomy surgery on the knee to obtain a correction.
Can you correct knock knees without surgery?
Treatments for knock knees
In most cases, knock knees don’t need to be treated because the problem tends to correct itself as a child grows. Your child doesn’t need to avoid physical activity, wear supportive leg braces or shoes, or do any special exercises.
Can knock knees be corrected with exercises?
For most people with genu valgum, exercise can help realign and stabilize their knees. Your doctor or physical therapist can evaluate your gait and suggest exercises designed to strengthen your leg, hip, and thigh muscles. Specific stretches may also be useful in relieving symptoms.
How long does it take to correct knock knees?
The medical name for knock knee is genu valgum. Most children have bow legs until they are around three years old due to the legs being folded inside the womb. They then become ‘knock kneed’ until around four or five years of age before the legs begin to straighten and align normally by the time they are six or seven.
Why am I knock kneed?
What causes pathological knock knees? Pathological knock knees can occur in some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, as a result of the altered muscle pull on the bones. So pathological knock knees may be one of the early signs of an underlying disorder.
What muscles are weak in knock knees?
Poor Strength Of…
- Gemellus inferior & superior.
- Obturator internus & externus.
- Quadratus femoris.
- Gluteus maximus.
- Gluteus medius posterior fibers.
What is the best treatment for knock knees?
In almost all cases of genu valgum, the condition will resolve itself before a child reaches adolescence. For older children and adults, the most likely form of therapy involves stretches and exercises to realign the knees and relieve pain. Some people might find relief with orthotics or braces.
Is being knock kneed bad?
First of all, being knock-kneed is not necessarily a bad thing. But it can predispose the body to knee pain with activities that require repeated knee flexion, such as running, cycling and stair climbing.
Is knock knees genetic?
Whereas many otherwise healthy children have knock-knee deformity as a passing trait, some individuals retain or develop this deformity as a result of hereditary (see the image below) or genetic disorders or metabolic bone disease.