If you love playing sports with frequent running and jumping, youre at risk for patellar tendonitis, or jumpers knee." Specialists at Franciscan Health offer expert treatment that will get you back on the track in no time at all.
Also called jumper's knee, patellar tendonitis is the inflammation of your patellar tendon, which connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). It can result from excessive stress on the knee caused by running and jumping when playing sports like track, basketball and volleyball, where you often jump from a bent-knee position. It can also develop from chronic conditions that reduce blood flow and weaken the knee, such as:
Jumper’s knee weakens your tendon. If not treated, it can lead to a torn tendon.
The primary treatment for jumper's knee is to stop running and jumping until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:
There is also a surgical procedure that is available for chronic patellar tendonitis. This is an arthroscopic surgery that debrides (cleans) the damaged area of the tendon from inside the joint and then uses a small incision to remove the injured outer part of the tendon. It is an outpatient surgery with full recovery in about three to four months.