Patellar Tendonitis, also known as Jumper’s knee, is a common injury condition characterised by inflammation of the patellar tendon. This tendon connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). The pain can be mild or severe and consequently if left untreated can lead to tears in the tendon. Anyone can be affected by patellar tendonitis. However, it is a frequent injury of athletes, especially those who play volleyball and basketball, hence why it’s referred to as jumper’s knee.
Causes of Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar Tendonitis is caused by overuse of the knee joint, for example, frequent jumping on hard surfaces. The repetitive stress on the knee creates tiny tears in the tendon that consequently inflame and weaken the tendon over time.
Some contributing factors can be:
- Tight leg muscles
- Uneven leg muscle strength
- Misaligned feet, ankles, and legs
- Shoes without enough padding
- Hard playing surfaces
- Chronic diseases that weaken the tendon
Athletes are more at risk as a result of running, jumping, and squatting all placing more force on the patellar tendon.
Symptoms of Patellar Tendonitis
- Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon
- Swelling and a burning feeling in the kneecap
- Pain with jumping, running, or walking
- Pain when bending or straightening your leg
- Kneeling down or getting up from a squat can be painful
The symptoms may resemble other conditions so always see a healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment for Patellar Tendonitis
Treatment will vary depending on the severity of your injury. Initially, measures to reduce pain include resting, stretching, and strengthening your leg. Additionally, your doctor will advise a period of controlled rest to avoid putting force on the knee.
Over the counter medication can help with short term pain and inflammation. With severe pain, your doctor may give you a corticosteroid injection in the area around the patellar tendon, however, there are reports that this may weaken the tendon and possibly lead to a rupture. Always seek the correct advice for treatment and discuss any associated risks with your healthcare provider.
There are also various forms of therapy in terms of a rehabilitation program with specific exercises that target the patellar tendon.
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