Patellar Tendinitis

 

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Patellar Tendinitis Description
Patellar Tendinitis is a common cause of pain in the front of the knee.  Patellar tendinitis is commonly known as Jumper's knee because it is often associated with athletes that are invovled in jumping sports like basketball and volleyball.  Patellar tendinitis is believed to be related to repeated loading of the knee extensor mechanism. 

Patellar Tendinitis Anatomy
Patellar Tendinitis is

Patellar Tendinitis Symptoms
Patellar Tendinitis causes pain and swelling in the front of the knee.  People with patellar tendinitis will have pain when pushing on the patellar tendon. 

Patellar Tendinitis Treatment 
Patellar Tendinitis s diagnosed based on a detailed history, physical exam and xrays performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, or sports medicine specialist.

The intial treatment for patellar tendonitis is avoiding the jumping activity that is cause the pain, stretching, ice, NSAIDs, and strengthening exercises. Infrapatellar Straps are commonly used and often effective at decreasing the pain associated with patellar tendinitis. 

Other treatment options have that have had mixed success include extracorporeal shock wave therapy and  Platelet-rich plasma injections. Surgical treatment is only considered for people who have failed prolonged conservative management.  Surgery generally involves debridement and repair of the patellar tendon.

Athletes returning to sports after Patellar Tendinitis should begin with a graduated exercise program. First they should be pain free with daily activities with full range of motion and at least 85% strength in the injured leg compared to the uninjured leg. Exercise begins with light jogging in a straight line, followed by sprinting in a straight line. When these have been done without pain the athlete can proceed to doing agility type drills such as 45º cuts, 90º cuts and jumping. Agility drills should begin at half-speed and proceed to full-speed provided the athlete remains pain free.

Patellar Tendinitis Prevention
Infrapatellar Straps are commonly used and often effective at decreasing the pain associated with patellar tendinitis.

Patellar Tendinitis Rehab and Exercise Program
Patellar Tendinitis

Patellar Tendinitis Outcomes
Patellar Tendinitis generally resolves with conservative care.

Similar injuries that can be confused with Patellar Tendinitis include:

 

 


 

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