Patellar tendonitis (or “jumpers knee”) is a common condition that affects athletes and is a common cause of time away from sport. It is common with people involved in running, cutting or jumping sports, with a characteristic pain below the knee-cap made worse with activity. It is very receptive to therapeutic care including modalities, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitative exercise and relative rest from the painful activity. Proper analysis of the precipitating factors that cause the excessive patellar tendon stress is important as foot, hip or low back conditions can set you up for anterior knee pain.
Infrapatellar straps have also been shown to be effective for knee pain conditions including patellar tendonitis, patellar femoral syndrome and Osgoode-Schlatters disease. Application of a patellar strap can decrease the strain on the patellar tendon by changing the patellar tendon length and thus dispersing the forces sustained. When combined with therapy, rehabilitation and relative rest patellar straps can be quite effective.
Addressing patellar issues and getting back to action quickly requires an in-depth analysis and evaluation to identify potential causes and a forming a comprehensive solution.
Contact the health professionals at Kew Gardens Health Group for an assessment today!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Scott Dunham