Patellar Tendonitis – All About Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis occurs when your patellar tendon is stretched beyond what it can take or torn causing inflammation. Your patellar tendon helps attach your kneecap to your shinbone. Patellar tendonitis is also called jumper’s knee.

Causes of Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis may be caused by overuse injury, such as in running or jumping. Sports activities at risk for the condition may include
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

People who regularly walk upstairs or uphill may develop patellar tendonitis as well.


Symptoms of patellar tendonitis can be mild to severe, depending on the extent of injury. If you have patellar tendonitis, you may experience
  • Pain just below your kneecap
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty moving your injured knee

Symptoms of patellar tendonitis may be similar to other knee problems, such as osteoarthritis of the knee. To be sure whether you have patellar tendonitis or another knee condition, don’t hesitate to consult your health care provider.

Home Remedies

If you have mild patellar tendonitis, simple home remedies may be just enough to help manage your symptoms.

First thing that you should do is to stop the activity that caused your symptoms and rest. Apply an ice pack to help relieve your pain and minimize or prevent swelling.

Once your symptoms have subsided, you may start simple range of motion exercises of your knee to prevent joint stiffness.

Physiotherapy for Patellar Tendonitis

Physiotherapy can also help you manage your symptoms. Physiotherapists are experts in treating musculoskeletal conditions including patellar tendonitis. Your physiotherapist will employ a combination of physiotherapy treatments including
  • Physical agents like ice or heat
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities, such as ultrasound and electrical stimulator
  • Physiotherapy exercises

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