About the Patellar Tendon
The patellar tendon links the patella (kneecap) to the tibia (shin bone) and allows the knee to extend.
Restrictions in the Quadriceps muscles (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis,and vastus intermedius) creates tension and inflammation in the patellar tendon. This must be released for any successful resolution of the Patellar Tendonitis.
Traditional Treatments for Tendonitis
Traditionally, tendonitis/tendinosis is treated by icing during the acute stages of the injury, reducing physical activities, and by the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are short-term treatments that should only be applied during the acute stages of the injury.
Most of these treatments are limited in their effects, and they provide only symptomatic relief, they act to reduce inflammation, but do not address the underlying biomechanical problems that caused the tendonitis/tendonosis.
In addition, the long-term consumption of non-steroidal anti- inflammatory medications has several detrimental side-effects including gastrointestinal problems, ulcerations, and internal bleeding.
Treating Patellar Tendonitis with ART
Patellar Tendonitis, or Jumper’s Knee, usually responds extremely well to ART treatments. The pain caused by Patellar Tendonitis is usually felt between the kneecap (patella) and its attachment point on the shin bone (tibial tuberosity of the tibia). Essentially, the entire knee capsule must be evaluated and any restrictions that are found need to be removed.
It is equally important to remove any restrictions in the quadriceps muscle since muscle fibres from the quadriceps combine at the knee to form the patellar tendon.
Exercises to Help you Heal
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Exercise Videos for Patellar Tendonitis
The following videos provide extra information about Jumper’s Knee or Patellar Tendonitis, its kinetic chain, as well as exercises to help resolve this condition. Click on the left and right arrows to scroll through these videos.
Related Blog Articles by Dr. Abelson
Click on the following blog article for additional information on Patellar Tendonitis.
The patellar tendon links the kneecap (patella) to your shin bone (tibia). The quadriceps muscle and the quadriceps tendon allow your knee to extend.
Tendonitis refers to inflammation of a tendon. Tendonitis in the knee is commonly caused by activities that shorten the quadriceps, and that transfer force directly to the tendons of the knee. This force causes friction and inflammation of the tendons, making it difficult and painful to run, walk, or perform any weight-bearing motion.
When dealing with any knee injury, your practitioner should consider all the anatomical structures both above and below the knee. New patterns of dysfunction will develop whenever any segment of the knee’s kinetic chain is not functioning properly.