Severe Knee Tendinitis Can Be Alleviated With Surgery
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Conservative treatment for jumper's knee includes strengthening the
quadriceps muscle and stretching the hamstrings, the muscles at the back of the
thigh. Pain medications, cryotherapy, and massage have also been found to be
useful. Cryotherapy involves freezing, usually using liquid nitrogen or carbon
dioxide, to destroy tissue. Most doctors warn that good training in the
preseason is a good way to prevent this injury. After the injury occurs,
however, it is important to rest the muscle.
"[Once the injury occurs,] prevention is then the cure. Before getting
to the stage when they do warrant an operation, they should reduce their
training habits both in terms of intensity and time period of training in order
to give the tendon a chance to recover," Maffulli tells WebMD.
Basketball forward Jackson, however, is currently undergoing another new
form of treatment in Canada. The treatment, called extracorporeal sound wave
therapy (ESWT), involves focusing sound blasts to the area of pain. The
treatment is being used in Canada and Europe to treat chronic pain or pain over
a small area, particularly near a bone. The joint pain treated by this system
includes the shoulder, elbow, ankle, and, as in Jackson's case, the knee.
ESWT or Sonocur is not approved for use in the U.S. or Japan. It has minimal
side effects and does not require anesthesia or pain medication.
- Jumper's knee, or patellar tendinitis, is a common injury among athletes
where a tendon of the quadriceps develops a series of small tears.
- For most people, a conservative treatment including muscle strengthening
and stretching is effective, but in some cases surgery is necessary.
- Another treatment, which is not approved in the U.S., is called
extracorporeal sound wave therapy and focuses sound blasts to the area of