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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 this condition ypically experience pain and tenderness around the lower part of the kneecap. The pain may worsen with activities such as running, jumping, squatting, or kneeling. Swelling or a sensation of stiffness in the knee may occur in some cases.

Indications of Patellar Tendonitis

Repetitive stress on the patellar tendon frequently causes patellar tendonitis, resulting in small tears and subsequent inflammation. Activities such as frequent jumping, sudden changes in direction, or applying excessive force on the knee can contribute to the onset of patellar tendonitis.

The primary symptom of this condition deems pain and tenderness at the front of the knee, just below the kneecap, similar to Chondromalacia Patella. The pain in patellar tendonitis usually worsens with activities requiring bending or extending the knee, such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs. Swelling and a feeling of stiffness may also be present in some cases. Diagnosis of patellar tendonitis relies on symptoms, a physical examination, and medical history conducted by a healthcare professional like an orthopedic specialist. Imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI may be recommended in certain cases to assess the extent of the injury or rule out other potential conditions.


The treatment 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, physicians recommend a knee brace or taping techniques 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 this condition within a few weeks to several months.Healthcare providers may consider more advanced treatment options such as injections or surgery in rare cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief.

With early intervention and adherence to a comprehensive treatment plan, most individuals with this condition 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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