Patella Tendonitis, Patellar Tendon Pain

Mar 18, 2023

About Patella Tendonitis

Patella tendonitis, also known as jumper's knee, is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the patellar tendon. This tendon connects the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shinbone) and is responsible for transmitting forces during physical activities that involve the knee, such as jumping, running, and squatting.

Symptoms and Causes

The primary symptom of patella tendonitis is pain in the front of the knee, just below the patella. The pain may worsen with activities that involve bending or straightening the knee, and it may also be accompanied by swelling and tenderness in the affected area. Patella tendonitis is typically caused by repetitive stress or overuse of the patellar tendon. Athletes involved in sports that require frequent jumping or sudden changes in direction, such as basketball and volleyball, are particularly prone to developing this condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect you have patella tendonitis, it is crucial to seek medical evaluation for an accurate diagnosis. At Regency Square Care Center, our specialized team of geriatric and aging care experts will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess the extent of your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan.

The diagnosis of patella tendonitis usually involves a thorough physical examination, including an assessment of your symptoms, medical history, and a careful evaluation of the affected knee. In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays or ultrasound may be recommended to rule out other potential causes of knee pain.

The treatment approach for patella tendonitis primarily focuses on relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing. Our team may recommend a combination of the following interventions:

1. Rest and Activity Modification

Resting the affected knee and avoiding activities that exacerbate pain are essential for the healing process. Our experts will guide you on how to modify your daily activities and provide recommendations for protective braces or supports, if necessary.

2. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in the management of patella tendonitis. Our skilled therapists will develop a personalized exercise program to strengthen the muscles around the knee, improve flexibility, and correct any biomechanical imbalances that may contribute to the condition.

3. Pain Management

To alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, various pain management techniques may be implemented. These can include the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ice therapy, and the application of heat or cold packs.

4. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

In some cases, our team may recommend extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) as a non-invasive treatment option. ESWT applies controlled shockwaves to the affected area, stimulating the body's natural healing response and promoting tissue regeneration.

Prevention and Lifestyle Recommendations

While the management of patella tendonitis is essential, it is equally important to take preventive measures and adopt a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence. Here are some recommendations that can help:

  • Avoid sudden increases in your activity level
  • Gradually build strength and flexibility in the muscles around the knee
  • Use proper techniques and protective equipment during physical activities
  • Ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear with cushioning and arch support
  • Listen to your body and rest when experiencing pain or discomfort
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a well-balanced diet to support overall musculoskeletal health

Trust Regency Square Care Center for Your Patella Tendonitis Care

At Regency Square Care Center, we understand the impact that patella tendonitis can have on your daily life. Our expert team of professionals specializing in health, geriatric care, and aging is committed to providing you with the highest level of care and support. With our comprehensive approach to treatment and our focus on individualized care plans, we strive to help you recover from patella tendonitis and return to the activities you love.

Contact Regency Square Care Center today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a pain-free future.

Dan Vogel
Informative and helpful explanation.
Oct 9, 2023