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How is patellar tendinitis treated?

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It’s also called patellar tendinopathy or jumper’s knee. It’s an injury to the patellar tendon. Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers usually help. You may also need to work with a physical therapist you can:

If these treatments don’t work, your doctor may suggest a cortisone injection. This treatment may weaken the tendon and make a tear more likely. It’s rare, but if nothing else works, you might need surgery to remove damaged tissue and repair the tendon.

  • Lower pain and swelling with ice massage, ultrasound, or iontophoresis, which uses a small amount of electricity to push cortisone, a drug, into your body through your skin
  • Give you stretches and strengthening exercises for your thigh muscles
  • Show you how to use a patellar tendon strap to relieve pressure on the tendon

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco: “Knee: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Rupture.”

OrthInfo: “Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures,” “Patellar Tendon Tear,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Unstable Kneecap,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Houston Methodist: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” “Prepatellar Bursitis.”

Kid’s Health: “Jumper’s Knee.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellar Tendonitis,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Knee Problems.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).”

Cedars-Sinai: “Chondromalacia.”

Harvard Medical School: “Chondromalacia.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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