Tendonitis (Knee)

Introduction

Tendonitis in the knee often involves the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon connects the kneecap or patella to the shinbone or tibia. The main function of the patellar tendon is to facilitate knee extension which allow movements such as kicking, running and jumping.  When there is an inflammation or irritation affecting this tendon, it can limit a patient’s ability to participate in sports activities, or cause pain with the regular activities of daily living. Typically, patients will feel pain in the front of their knee, which worsens when going up or down stairs (however descending the stairs is typically more painful). Pain is also experienced when running or playing sports that involve extensive running.

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