What is it?
Often referred to by other common names such as runner’s knee or jumper’s knee, patellar tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shinbone (your patella to your tibia). This inflammation can range from mild discomfort to a severe pain sensation, and is caused by repetitive stress on the knee over time, typically in sports or exercise. This stress can produce miniscule tears in the tendon tissue that, with time, inflame and weaken the tendon itself.
Athletes tend to suffer more often from patellar tendonitis, as running, jumping, and squatting can exert more force on the patellar tendon, leading to injury. It’s very common among athletes, including runners, soccer players, and especially among volleyball players, an estimated 14.4% of whom suffer from the condition.
What are the symptoms?
Patellar tendonitis is characterized by pain and tenderness below the patella (kneecap). You may also experience swelling as well as a burning sensation in the kneecap. It can be especially painful doing squats—both as you kneel and as you stand up.
At first, you may only experience the pain occasionally, during or after sports activities or exercise. As the patellar tendon becomes further damaged, the pain can intensify, eventually interfering with athletics, and even routine activities such as sitting in a chair or climbing stairs.
What can I do about it?
Before you begin any treatment or exercise regimen, you should be sure to see a doctor who can help you decide on a plan that’s right for you.
Typical treatments may include resting the leg, stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as anti-inflammatory medication. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be referred to a physical therapist, who can provide more specific exercises for strengthening and toning the surrounding muscles, and stabilizing the patellar tendon.
In addition to these approaches, you can also use a specific type of knee brace known as a patellar tendon support strap.
Those suffering from knee pain often use patellar tendon support straps to stabilize the patellar tendon and alleviate pain. They can be used during exercise or as part of a broader recovery or therapy program.
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