Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)

Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by
inflammation of your patellar tendon. This connects your kneecap (patella) to your
shinbone (tibia). Jumper’s knee weakens your tendon, and, if untreated, can lead to
tears in your tendon.



Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on
hard surfaces.

It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force
of hitting the ground. This strains your tendon. With repeated stress, your tendon
may become inflamed.

Following are the most common symptoms of jumper’s knee. However, you may experience
symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon
  • Swelling
  • Pain with jumping, running, or walking
  • Pain when bending or straightening your leg
  • Tenderness behind the lower part of your kneecap

The
symptoms of jumper’s knee may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always
see
your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, your healthcare provider
may use an X-ray to help diagnose jumper’s knee.

The best treatment for jumper’s knee is to stop any activity that’s causing the problem
until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Rest
  • Elevating your knee
  • Ice
    packs to your knee to help reduce swelling
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Jumper’s
    knee is inflammation of your patellar tendon, the tendon that connects your kneecap
    (patella) to your shinbone (tibia).
  • Jumper’s knee is often a sports-related injury caused by overuse of your knee
    joint.
  • You may
    need an X-ray to help diagnose jumper’s knee.
  • The
    best treatment for jumper’s knee is to stop any activity that’s causing the problem
    until the injury is healed.

Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:

  • Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen.
  • Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
  • Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells
    you.
  • At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments,
    or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you.
  • Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed, and how it will help you. Also
    know what the side effects are.
  • Ask if your condition can be treated in other ways.
  • Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
  • Know what to expect if you do not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
  • If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that
    visit.
  • Know how you can contact your provider if you have questions.