Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
Like other types of tendonitis, patellar tendonitis is a painful inflammation of one of the body’s tendons; in this case, the tendon that connects the kneecap or patella to the shinbone or tibia. Read on for more about what causes it and how it’s treated.
Causes & Triggers
- Repetitive motion
- Weak muscles (especially thigh)
Signs & Symptoms
- Sensation of “giving way”
Tips & Treatments
- Common to athletes in a variety of sports, but especially those requiring jumping, such as basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.
- Severity of injury is as follows:
- Stage 1: Pain with activity, no performance impairment
- Stage 2: Pain with and after activity
- Stage 3: Persistent pain with and after activity, some performance impairment
- Stage 4: Complete tear requiring surgical repair
- Conservative treatment for early-stage patellar tendonitis includes RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.