Q-Angle

Q-Angle

Females have a wider pelvis to support child bearing, which creates a larger Q-angle (this is the angle formed by a line drawn from the anterior superior iliac spine through the center of the patella and a line drawn from the center of the patella to the center of the tibial tubercle). An increased Q-angle is often associated with knock knees, pronation, lateral patella tracking, IT band syndrome, chronic knee tracking dysfunctions, varicose veins and Achilles tendon issues. Creating good posture and stability in the pelvis and strength in the glutes, will help decrease a great deal of the issues caused by an increased Q-angle. This is important to begin working on while you pregnant and continued postpartum. Further, once the baby is born, women tend to create a pelvic shift to one side when they balance the baby on their hip for long periods of time. It is important to be mindful of when you do this and try to correct this pattern as often as possible so you do not continue to hang off your connective tissue and ligaments, creating further imbalances in the body. A good overall strength training program will help maintain balance in the body as our body shifts to adapt for the new baby in our lives.