What is patellar tendonitis?
Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper's knee, is a condition characterised by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). It is typically caused by repetitive stress on the tendon, often from activities that involve jumping or running.
Symptoms of patellar tendonitis can include pain and tenderness below the kneecap, especially when bending or straightening the knee. The pain may be more noticeable during or after physical activity, and may be accompanied by swelling or stiffness.
Treatment for patellar tendonitis typically involves rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Physiotherapy may also be recommended to help stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee, which can help take pressure off the tendon. In severe cases, a doctor may recommend immobilisation of the knee with a brace or cast, or even surgery to repair or remove damaged tissue.
Prevention of patellar tendonitis involves taking steps to reduce stress on the patellar tendon, such as wearing proper footwear, using proper technique during physical activity, and gradually increasing the intensity of exercise. It's important to seek medical and or physiotherapy attention if you experience any knee pain or discomfort, as early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further damage and promote healing.
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