Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is an injury to the patellar tendon, which connects the patella to the shinbone.

Symptoms of Patellar Tendonitis

  • The main symptom is localized sharp or dull pain around the front of the knee, below the patella.
  • Tenderness and swelling around the patellar tendon
  • Knee joint stiffness
  • Weakness and difficulty performing some activities which involve the knee joint such as jumping, squatting, and running.

Patellar Tendonitis is more common in people who relate to the following:

  • Athletes or individuals who engage in sports like volleyball, soccer, or basketball or activities that involve frequent jumping.
  • Individuals who had previous injuries like sprain or dislocation of the patella
  •  It is more common between the ages of 15 to 30
  • Individuals who wear inappropriate footwear with no proper support and cushioning
  • Individuals who exercise without proper warm-up and stretching

Physiotherapy Treatment for Patellar Tendonitis 

  • Ice therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and Interferential current for pain and inflammation
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Stretching exercises.  Hamstrings and quadriceps tightness increase the chances of developing a jumper’s knee  so it is important to stretch this muscle not only to help with pain and stiffness but also to prevent recurrence.
  • Strengthening exercises, especially of the quadriceps and gluteal muscles
  • Bracing and taping to provide additional support to the knee

If you have any type of knee pain, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!