Physiotherapy for Patellar Tendonitis

Physiotherapy can help you manage your patellar tendonitis symptoms. In addition, physiotherapy can help you get back to your original activities or sports, as fast and safely possible.

Your First Physiotherapy Visit

During your first physiotherapy visit for your patellar tendonitis, your physiotherapist will likely ask about your symptoms and your activity that led to your injury. You should tell your therapist about other knee problems that you may have.

Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough evaluation and examination of your knee and associated structures. He or she will then formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on your symptoms, results of the evaluation, and your goals. Your physio will discuss with you about your treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to ask about the specific treatments that you will receive.

Physiotherapy Treatment Options for Patellar Tendonitis

Your physiotherapist will provide you with a combination of treatments including
  • Ice / Heat application
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) / Iontophoresis
  • Ultrasound (US) / Phonophoresis
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises
  • Stretching / Flexibility exercises
  • Progressive strengthening exercises
  • Patient education
    • About patellar tendonitis
    • Activity modification
    • Precautions to observe
    • Self-care of symptoms
    • Proper body mechanics
    • Injury prevention
  • Suggest patellar tendon strap
  • Suggest work or sports-specific rehabilitation program

Remember that the treatment options for patellar tendonitis enumerated above will not be provided to you in just one visit. Only your personal physiotherapist will be able to help you determine the appropriate treatment for your specific problems and goals.

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