patellar-tendonopathy

Patellar Tendonopathy

Symptoms

The patellar tendon joins the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone. This tendon allows the thigh muscles to straighten the leg when jumping. With repeated strain, micro-tears as well as degeneration may occur as a result in the tendon.

 

The most common symptoms associated with patellar tendonopathy include:

  • Pain below the knee cap knee cap.
  • Aching and stiffness after participating in an activity.
  • Pain when the thigh muscles are contracted.
Causes

The most common causes of patellar tendonopathy include:

  • Repetitive jumping.
  • Repetitive running.
Treatment

The conservative treatment of patellar tendonopathy includes a combination of relative rest, rehabilitation exercises, ice, and friction based treatments to stimulate healing. While being active, a measured to fit patellar strap is recommended to reduce symptoms.