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My wife has for years suffered from subluxation of her right knee. Occasionally this knee will "give out," usually related to instances of stepping on something unstable (ie a rock in a parking lot), or if running around on a less-than-flat surface (chasing our kid outside).
8 or so years ago, she consulted with a orthopod--who recommended a surgical procedure where the lateral tension on the patella is relieved by cutting ("releasing") the ligament. IE the ligament on the lateral side is "too tight," and this procedure just makes it less likely to contribute to the knee's subluxation by loosening that tension. This purportedly allows the patella to remain in the trochlear groove.
Do you have any experience with this particular injury? Does your experience indicate that the balanced strength developed through squatting contributes to a stronger, more stable knee? My own experience suggests that by making her legs, hips, etc stronger will better allow her knee to function and remain more durable. "Sports Medicine" docs would prefer to just perform the surgery, since that's what they like to do. Before Hannah considers a surgical procedure such as indicated above, I'd like her to make a committed attempt at getting her legs stronger to mitigate the issue.
I'd like to get your feedback on whether you would recommend any particular coach/trainer/facility in the Northern Virginia area. I know you have a list of SS-approved seminar attendees, but not all trainers are created equal. I have not-insignificant experience with both training and coaching, but I will not be coaching my wife.
Thanks for any feedback you can provide.