Jumpers knee or patellar tendonitis is an overuse injury that results in pain at the front of the knee, localised at a point towards the bottom of the kneecap. Patella tendinopathy is the preferred term.
Repetitive strain from too much running or jumping causes inflammation or degeneration of the patella tendon. Patellar tendonitis can be a tricky condition to treat and requires a substantial period of rest and a thorough treatment and rehabilitation program. In the most severe or persistent cases, surgery may be required.
Symptoms include pain at the bottom of the kneecap, that is tender when pressing it and may be swollen and inflamed. Athletes may experience aching and stiffness after exercise and while jumping.
It should be noted that jumper’s knee could come and go with periods of activity and rest. Overtime this will still lead to degeneration and longer recovery time so early treatment by a chiropractor or physiotherapist is needed. The chiropractors and physiotherapists (Balmain and Dee Why) at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will use treatments that are supported by the latest research to provide effective treatment for patella tendinitis, patella tendinopathy and jumpers knee.
Like all tendon injuries it is important to note that rehabilitation exercises are needed to repair the tendon structures. This means, any treatment approach must have a key focus on what we call – loading strategies. These loading strategies may incorporate a range of different exercises depending on the specific presentation of the individual. Sometimes two people with similar patella tendon injuries will be given different exercises. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we are passionate about helping people with patella tendinitis, patella tendinopathy and jumpers knee. Give our chiropractors and physiotherapists Balmain and Dee why a call today or click on on the the clinic links below.