Patellar tendinitis is an injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone, is a relatively common cause of pain in the inferior patellar region in athletes. It is common with frequent jumping and studies have shown it may be associated with stiff ankle movement and ankle sprains.
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.
Prevalence of jumper’s knee is high among non-elite athletes and varies between 2.5% and 14.4% for different sports. Jumper’s knee is almost twice as common among male non-elite athletes compared to female athletes.Different sport-specific loading characteristics of the knee extensor apparatus, playing surface, age, height and weight seem to be risk factors associated with patellar tendinopathy.