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Patellar Tendonitis

If you suffer from patellar tendonitis, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Patellar Tendonitis?

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is a condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). It typically occurs due to repetitive stress or overuse of the tendon, commonly seen in sports activities that involve jumping, running, or kicking.

Individuals with patellar tendonitis typically experience pain and tenderness around the lower part of the kneecap. The pain may worsen with activities such as running, jumping, squatting, or kneeling. In some cases, there may be swelling or a feeling of stiffness in the knee.

Indications of Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis is often caused by repetitive stress on the patellar tendon, leading to small tears and subsequent inflammation. Activities that involve frequent jumping, sudden changes in direction, or excessive force on the knee can contribute to the development of patellar tendonitis. The primary symptom of patellar tendonitis is pain and tenderness at the front of the knee, just below the kneecap, similar to Chondromalacia Patella. The pain is usually aggravated by activities that involve bending or extending the knee, such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs. In some cases, swelling and a feeling of stiffness may also be present. A healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist, can diagnose patellar tendonitis based on the symptoms, a physical examination, and medical history. In some cases, imaging tests such as an ultrasound or MRI may be recommended to assess the extent of the injury or rule out other possible conditions.

Treatment/Recovery For Patellar Tendonitis

The treatment for patellar tendonitis typically involves a combination of conservative measures to reduce pain and promote healing. These can include rest, avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms, applying ice to the affected area, using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain management, and physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve flexibility. In some cases, a knee brace or taping techniques may be recommended for additional support. The recovery time for patellar tendonitis varies depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s adherence to the treatment plan. With proper rest, modifications to activities, and a gradual return to physical activity, most individuals can recover from patellar tendonitis within a few weeks to several months. In rare cases where conservative measures do not provide relief, more advanced treatment options such as injections or surgery may be considered.

With early intervention and adherence to a comprehensive treatment plan, most individuals with patellar tendonitis can recover and return to their normal activities. However, patience and consistency in following the prescribed rehabilitation program are essential for a successful recovery.


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