Tendinitis and Ruptured Tendons

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee) and Ruptured Tendons


Description Of The Injury: Patellar tendonitis is also known as jumper’s knee as it commonly occurs in sports that require frequent jumping, particularly basketball. This injury involves the irritation and inflammation of the tendon that connects the patella to the tibia bone. If this tendon ruptures completely, it results in considerable pain that will require surgery for complete recovery.

Injury Symptoms: Patellar tendonitis is usually signified by pain just below the knee cap where the tendon attaches to the tibia bone. The pain may be a dull ache and will increase in intensity when performing a physical activity such as running or jumping. The area under the knee cap may feel tender and be swollen.

Additional Information

Home Treatments: Successfully treating tendonitis requires prolonged use conservative methods. This means resting the knee initially when tendonitis is identified and later working in intermittent session of rest during repetitive physical activities. Ice or a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug should be used to reduce the inflammation and pain. Gently massaging the area will also recover adequate blood flow of the area. Successful treatment may take several weeks or several months.

Professional Medical Treatments : Cortisone injections may be given if inflammation is a serious problem in recovery. While professional treatment may mostly extend to physical therapy, surgery may be an option for patellar tendonitis that does not subside within six months. Before surgery considerations, ultrasound therapy will likely be attempted. A ruptured tendon will require surgery and immobilization for 4-6 weeks.

Physical Therapy And Exercises: Regular stretching and exercises will be required to fully recover from patellar tendonitis or a ruptured tendon. Initially this will include normal stretches such as the standing quadriceps and hamstring stretches, as well as the side lying leg lift and straight leg raise. Advance progression includes wall squats with a ball, step ups and knee stabilization exercises with a resistance band.

Exercise Techniques To Prevent Injury: Because patellar tendonitis usually occurs due to repetitive overstress, rest should be used to prevent extreme fatigue and inflammation of the tendon. Keeping the quad muscles and the tendon strong will also aid in the prevention of this injury. This can be accomplished with an exercise workout program that involves squats, calf raises, deadlifts, leg presses, and leg curls. The strengthening of the muscles will reduce the tension transmitted through the tendon.

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