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Patellar tendinitis is commonly known as “jumper’s knee” and is a condition that sports chiropractors frequently treat. Tendinitis refers to inflammation of the patellar tendon and is an overuse injury affecting your knee as a result of the tendon being overstressed. The most common complaint is having pain ranging from mild to severe as well as tenderness just below the patella. Anterior knee pain can be sharp when climbing stairs, jumping, squatting or a dull and achy pain when sitting for prolonged periods.
Signs and Symptoms of patellar tendonitis:
- Anterior knee pain just below the patella
- Pain made worse with jumping, running, climbing stairs, weight bearing activities
- Gradual onset of pain
- Stiffness in the tendon in the morning
A person may even notice weakness in the knee when putting stress on this part of the body. Jumper’s knee can gradually progress and become debilitating, so it is important to see a sports chiropractor if you have ongoing knee pain. Left untreated, it can become a tendinopathy causing chronic pain.
Patellar tendinitis can be caused from many different issues, such as:
- Muscle imbalances between the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles
- Poor flexibility
- Repetitive movements in physical activity.
- Poor biomechanics which can include foot, knee, and hip posture
- Rapid increase in training and intensity.
Patella tendonitis is traditionally seen in people in their teens, 20’s and 30’s that perform repetitive jumping movements in sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, and field. However, this condition can also can been seen in people in nonjumping activities at any age. At Premier Sports and Spine Center, our sports chiropractors evaluate and treat patella tendonitis with great success.