Knee Conditions and Treatments
Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee)
Patellar Tendinitis is also known as jumpers knee. It is an
inflammation in the patellar tendon, the band of tissue that connects
the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia).
It is diagnosed with a history and physical examination. X-rays or
other tests may or may not be necessary.
The most common activity causing patellar tendinitis if jumping, hence
it is commonly referred to as jumper’s knee. Activities that place
repetitive stress on the patellar tendon may cause it to become
inflamed. Other activities such as running, walking or bicycling may
also cause patellar tendinitis. Most commonly, however, patellar
tendinitis is caused by tightness of the quadriceps muscles.
Patellar tendinitis can be caused by problems with the way your hips,
legs, knees or feet are aligned. Having wide hips, being knock-kneed, or
having flat feet, can predispose you to patellar tendinitis because
certain body mechanics will place more stress on this area with
- Pain or tenderness around the patellar tendon, especially where
it attaches to the patella.
- Swelling around the patellar tendon.
- Pain with activities, such as jumping, running, or walking.
- Pain may be worse with downhill walking, or descending stairs.
The treatment of patellar tendinitis begins with rest, and avoiding
activities that cause the discomfort. Any problems with body
mechanics or alignment should be addressed, and corrected if
possible. Icing is recommended. Bracing with a infrapatellar strap
or a Cho-pat strap is common.
Operative treatment of patellar tendinitis is rarely necessary.
Our Specialists and Staff
Thomas M. DeBerardino, M.D.
Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
- Augustus D. Mazzocca, M.S., M.D.
- Kevin P.
- Cindy Baczewski, P.A.-C., M.H.S.
- Kim Stanowski, P.A.-C.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 860-679-6600 or 800-535-6232.
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Monday through Friday
New England Musculoskeletal Institute
Medical Arts & Research Building
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5352
Southington Medical Office
1115 West Street
Southington, CT 06489