Patellar tendonitis occurs from overuse of the knee tendon. Overuse may be caused by any activity that requires:
Patellar tendonitis is more common in the following sports: basketball, soccer, volleyball, and running.
Risk factors that increase your chances of getting patellar tendonitis include:
Symptoms of patellar tendonitis include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms, physical activity, and how the injury occurred. The doctor will also examine your knee, and may ask you to perform certain movements. He may also take X-rays of your
Take one of the following drugs to help reduce inflammation and pain:
Patellar tendonitis may be prevented by avoiding activities and sports that repeatedly stress the kneecaps and by increasing the frequency and intensity of exercise gradually.,/
It is advised that you return to high-impact physical activity gradually. Sufficient healing has occurred when:
The simplest way to avoid another episode of patellar tendonitis is to avoid the activity that caused it; of course, this may be impossible for the serious athlete. For these people, frequent breaks from the causative activity should become routine. It's also wise to reduce or stop the activity at first sign of pain and to ice the knee following each training session or game.
You can help prevent patellar tendonitis by following these simple recommendations:
The key to improving sports performance after a diagnosis of patellar tendonitis is proper a rehabilitation program, and adhering to some of those same principles after the injury is gone. Continue to perform the exercises in the rehabilitation section to strengthen the leg muscles around the knee, and also refer to the prevention section for important information on how to keep you in the game and perform to your fullest potential.
Remember that the single most important aspect of improving performance is stretching before and after you step onto the field, court, ice, or golf course, and also knowing when to take a rest.
Benefits derived from stretching include: