Symptoms: Patellar tendonitis symptoms include pain, tenderness and even swelling in and around the knee. This discomfort can occur anywhere in the knee, but most often it occurs just below the patella (kneecap), where the patellar tendon connects to the tibia (shinbone). Those who suffer from patellar tendonitis often complain of pain when bending or straightening their leg. Usually they experience a dull ache behind the knee joint as well.
Overview: Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is a painful condition that affects the patella (kneecap) as well as the surrounding tissue that keeps it in place (patellar tendon.) Activities such as walking, running and jumping, all put stress on the patellar tendon, which can result in tiny, painful tears and inflammation.
While athletes are the group most often affected by patellar tendonitis, even those who live more sedentary lives can suffer from this condition as muscular imbalance and poor foot structure can also cause patellar tendonitis.
Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. can provide a number of safe and effective techniques, including rehabilitative exercise, to reduce the pain and improve your overall condition.