Patella tendinitis is injured the tendon that connects the kneecap (patella) to the shin. Patella tendon as critical to moving the leg muscles by helping the muscles stretch knee to kick a ball, walk uphill and jump.

Patella tendinitis most often affects athletes who often jumping like basketball and volleyball athletes. Therefore, the patella tendinitis commonly known as jumpers knee. But people do not jump too can experience athletics.

Patella Tendonitis

Patella Tendonitis

Causes of Patella Tendinitis

Patella tendinitis is a very common injury occurs when the patella tendon get repetitive stress. Be a little bit of pressure that can rip the tendons repaired by the body. But when tears increased, would cause pain from inflammation and weakening of the tendon. At that time, tendon damage will continue for more than a few weeks and called tendinopathy.

Symptoms of Patella Tendinitis

Pain is the first symptom of patella tendinitis. The pain usually comes on the patella tendon between the kneecap (patella) and attachment of the tendon to the shinbone (tibia).

The pain in the knee initially felt when starting a physical activity or after an intense workout and then advanced to the point that interfere with activities of exercise. Finally, this pain will interfere with their daily work such as climbing stairs or stand up from a chair.

Treatments for Patella Tendinitis

Doctors usually start with nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Drug: Pain relievers such as anti-inflammatory and pain relieve medications help relieve the pain caused by patella tendinitis for a while.
  • Physiotherapy: A variety of physical therapy techniques can help reduce the symptoms caused by patella tendinitis, such as:
    1.  Stretching exercises. Regular stretching exercises can reduce muscle spasms and helps lengthen the tendon
    2.  Strength training. Weak thigh muscles can also cause strain on the patella tendon. Exercise with a lower leg stretch can also cause slow after knee would be very helpful.
    3.  Rope for patella tendon. Rope serves to give pressure on the patella tendon can help flatten the tendon force directly through the ropes. this can help reduce pain.
    4.  Iontophoresis. This therapy is done by applying a cortisone steroid medication on the skin and then use a device that delivers an electrical charge low for pushing drugs seep through the skin.

Surgical Treatment and Procedure

If the usual treatments do not help, your doctor may suggest other treatments such as:

  1. Injections of corticosteroids. Corticosteroid injections into the tendon sheath around the patella can help ease the pain. But these drugs can also weaken the tendon and make it worse.
  2. Injections of platelet enriched plasma. Platelet plasma injection has been tried in some people with problems in the patella tendon. Currently, research is still ongoing. Expected injection  will accelerate the formation of new tissue and helps heal damage to the tendon.
  3. Surgery. If the usual methods do not help after months, in rare cases, your doctor may suggest surgery patellar tendon. Some procedures can be performed through small incisions around the knee.

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