Inflammation of the tendon that connects the knee cap to the shin bone, the patella tendon, is known as patella tendonopathy, patella tendonitis or jumpers knee. This is usually due to overuse, especially from jumping activities. This is the reason patella tendonitis is often called “jumper’s knee.” When overuse is the cause of patella tendonopathy, patients are usually active participants of jumping-types of sports such as basketball or volleyball. Patella tendonopathy may also be seen with sports such as running and soccer. Also, some patients develop patella tendonopathy after sustaining an acute injury to the tendon, and not allowing adequate healing.
Pain with activities such as jumping kneeling and sometimes running
Tendon is tender to touch
May feel hot locally
Early diagnoses and treatment gives better results than when treatment is delayed. Rest from the activities that cause the problem is advised, sometimes the use of a strap is prescribed. Our physiotherapists can help alleviate the pain and inflammation by using ice , electrotherapy strapping techniques soft tissue mobilisation and/or acupuncture. Some patients may require anti inflammatory medication from their doctor. We will also prescribe a programme of exercises specific to this problem this imperative for complete recovery an prevention of recurrence.
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