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How is a jumper's knee described and treated?

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Jumpers knee or patellar tendonitis is an overuse injury that results in pain at the front of the knee, localized at a point toward the bottom of the kneecap. Repetitive strain from too much running or jumping causes inflammation or degeneration of the patella tendon. Jumper's knee is so named because it is typically seen in basketball players, volleyball players, and people doing other jumping sports. Jumper's knee causes localized pain that is worse with activity. It usually hurts more as you jump up than when you land, because jumping puts more stress on tendons of the knee. Home therapy with the PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation) regimen, along with anti-inflammatory drugs, is the basis of treatment to manage the acute phase. Particularly important are rest, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which will help stop the pain and break the cycle of inflammation. After controlling the pain, you should slowly start an exercise regimen to strengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings, hip, and calf muscles before resuming your sport of choice a few weeks down the line. Also, bracing of the extensor mechanism may help remove stress from the tendons.

From: Knee Pain Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000. Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001. Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990. Levy AM, Fuerst ML. . New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993. Roberts DM, Stallard TC.   . Feb 2000. Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. . McGraw-Hill; 2000.




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Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000. Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001. Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990. Levy AM, Fuerst ML. . New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993. Roberts DM, Stallard TC.   . Feb 2000. Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. . McGraw-Hill; 2000.




Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur AthletesEmerg Med Clin North AmEmergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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