Patellar Tendinitis

Friday, February 21, 2014

Patellar tendinitis, also called jumpers knee, is a relatively common cause of knee pain in athletes. But it can affect non-athletes as well. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition and treatment options for it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Patellar tendinitis is an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shinbone. The patellar tendon plays a pivotal role in the way you use your leg muscles. It helps your muscles extend your knee so that you can kick a ball, run uphill and jump up in the air.

Patellar tendinitis is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping such as basketball and volleyball. For this reason, patellar tendinitis is commonly known as jumpers knee. However, even people who dont participate in jumping sports can experience patellar tendinitis.

Pain is the first symptom of patellar tendinitis. If you experience knee pain, try self-care measures first, such as icing the affected area and temporarily reducing or avoiding activities that trigger your symptoms.

For most people, treatment of patellar tendinitis begins with physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee. Doctors typically try less invasive treatments, such as medications and stretching and strengthening exercises before considering other options, such as surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.