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. Patellar tendinitis, otherwise called jumper's knee, is most regular in competitors whose games include frequent jumping— for example, basketball and volleyball. In any case, even individuals who don't participate in jumping games can get patellar tendinitis.
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, Onset of pain is usually gradual and commonly related to an increase in sport activity, Localised tenderness over the patella tendon, Often the tendon feels very stiff first thing in the morning.
Meeting a medical practitioner
In most cases, you can start treating a tendon injury at home. To get the best results, rest the painful area, and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse. Apply ice or cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, as often as 2 times an hour, for the first 72 hours. Keep using ice as long as it helps. Do gentle range-of- motion exercises and stretching to prevent stiffness. Have your biomechanics assessed by a physiotherapist. Undertake an Eccentric Strengthen Program.
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. This may help relieve pain, Autologous blood injection, or platelet-rich plasma injection may be performed and is typically successful though not as successful as high volume saline injection.