Patellar tendinitis affects the tendon that connects your kneecap, also known as your patella, to your shinbone. This tendon plays a key role in the way your leg muscles work. It helps extend your knee so that you can kick, run, and jump.
Patellar tendinitis is common in, but not limited to, athletes whose sports require a lot of jumping. For this reason, patellar tendinitis is commonly known as jumper’s knee.
Symptoms of Patellar Tendinitis
The first sign of patellar tendinitis is pain. The pain is usually located on the tendon between your kneecap and the shinbone. The pain usually starts gradually and worsens with continued use.
Initially the pain usually presents itself after beginning physical activity or after a workout. If left untreated, it can progress to the point where it interferes with sports performance or even daily tasks such as climbing stairs.
Causes and Risk Factors
Patellar tendinitis occurs when repeated stress is placed on your patellar tendon. The stress causes tiny tears in the tendon. While the body is trying to repair these tears, it often becomes inflamed and irritated, leading to pain. These tiny tears can also weaken the structure of the tendon.
A combination of factors may contribute to the onset of patellar tendinitis. One of the most common is intensity and frequency of physical activity. Sudden increases in intensity or frequency of physical activity increases the stress put on the tendon and can lead to inflammation.
Tight muscles or muscular imbalance can also irritate the patellar tendon. Reduced flexibility of the quadriceps and hamstrings may increase strain on the patellar tendon. Also, if some muscles in your legs are stronger than others, they may pull harder on the patellar tendon and cause uneven pull and stress.
Airrosti Patellar Tendinitis Treatment
At Airrosti, our providers conduct a thorough injury assessment to identify the underlying cause of the pain. By focusing on the true cause of the pain and not just treating the symptoms, our providers are able to eliminate pain quickly.
We also educate and equip our patients with the knowledge and tools on how to treat their injury at home in order to speed recovery and prevent future injury.
If you’ve been suffering from knee pain, contact Airrosti today to find a provider near you.