Patellar Tendinitis is an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. The patellar tendon plays a pivotal role in the way you use your legs. It helps your muscles extend your lower leg so that you can kick a ball, push the pedals on your bike and jump up in the air.
Patellar Tendinitis is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping — for instance, basketball, soccer and volleyball players. For this reason, Patellar Tendinitis is commonly known as jumper’s knee (to differentiate, jumpers knee is a tendinopathy resulting from more degenerative condition in the patellar tendon).
A Note from the Doctor: We treat all Tendinitis issues including Patellar Tendinitis with myotherapy, stretching, foam rolling and rehabilitative exercises. The primary issue with any Tendinitis is inflammation within the tendon and a lack of blood flow due to restrictions within the tissue. With myotherapy, we are able to break down these restrictions and create more blood flow to the injured area and allow the injury to heal quicker and more efficiently. Since most tendonitis problems are typically from overuse, rest may also be advised.