Patellar Tendonitis – Overview of Patellar Tenonitis

Patellar tendonitis is the term used for the inflammation of the patellar tendon. Your patellar tendon is the strong band of tissue connecting your patella (kneecap) to your tibia (shinbone). This tendon helps connect the muscles at the front of your thigh to your tibia. Patellar tendonitis is also called patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee.

Patellar tendonitis is common among runners and athletes who often jump, such as basketball and volleyball players. However, the condition can affect just anybody.

Symptoms of patellar tendonitis may include pain and swelling in front of the knee just below the patella. You may also have difficulty moving your injured knee.

Treatments for patellar tendonitis may include rest, ice application, and taking pain medication. Physiotherapy may also help. Severe cases of patellar tendonitis where the patellar tendon is torn may require surgery.

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