Patellar tendinitis is an injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. It is common with frequent jumping and studies have shown it may be associated with stiff ankle movement and ankle sprains. Patellar tendinitis, otherwise called jumper's knee, is most regular in competitors whose games include frequent jumping.
Pain is the first symptom of patellar tendinitis, usually between your kneecap and where the tendon attaches to your shinbone (tibia). Anterior knee pain over the patella tendon, Pain made worse with jumping, landing or running activity and sometimes with prolonged sitting.
Doctors typically begin with less invasive treatments before considering other options, such as surgery. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others) may provide short-term relief from pain associated with patellar tendinitis. A physical therapist may also recommend specific exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles and tendons.