Jumper's Knee

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

Jumper’s Knee (also known as Patellar Tendonitis) occurs when the patellar tendon (which connects the kneecap to the tibia or lower leg bone) becomes inflamed or irritated. It is typically caused by overuse of the patella tendon and is experienced most often by individuals involved in activities that require extensive running or jumping, such as basketball or volleyball. While less common, it is can also be caused by a trauma or injury to the knee.

Individuals with this condition often experience pain below the kneecap and over the patellar tendon, which will increase with activity. Mobility issues and inflammation in that area can also be experienced.

Often, using a brace to immobilize the knee and avoiding the activity that caused this condition allows the tendon to heal.  Other conservative treatments include physical therapy, activity modification and/or the use of NSAID's (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory medications.)

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Surgery is rarely required to treat this condition. However, in instances of severe injury to the patellar tendon, surgery may be required in order to regain function of the knee. When surgery is required, the orthopedic surgeon will reattach the torn tendon to the kneecap. Surgery can aid in preventing the tendon from scarring and tightening into a shortened position which may limit mobility of the knee.

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