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Patellar Tendonitis

About Patellar Tendonitis

Although basketball players and aerobics instructors are most at risk of damaging one of the most important soft tissues in the knee, anyone is susceptible. Patellar tendonitis is a crippling condition that needs expert patellar tendonitis treatment if you expect to remain as active as you’ve been. Experts at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and parts of New Jersey provide the best interventional treatment for patellar tendonitis, always employing the least invasive techniques first. You only need surgery if you suffer a patellar tendon tear. Call the closest office instead of continuing to live with knee pain. It’s so unnecessary when treatment is so nearby.

What Is Patellar Tendonitis?

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis is an injury to the patellar tendon, which joins your kneecap, called the patella, to your shin bone or tibia. The inflammation, swelling or irritation of the patellar tendon affects how your knee functions. This injury is also called jumper’s knee. If left untreated, it can lead to a patellar tendon tear, which causes even more pain, affecting your mobility and possibly requiring surgery to repair.

The patellar tendon is a critical component of the extensor mechanism of the knee, meaning it enables you to extend your knee fully. The tendon extends in length whenever you bend your knee. Tendonitis is a common injury affecting athletes, though anyone can develop the debilitating condition through an accident or overuse.

Because you can become immobile without functioning knees, patellar tendonitis requires immediate medical attention. Dr. Amr Hosny and the knee specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group can address this knee condition without surgery. Their facilities are conveniently located in New York City’s Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In New Jersey, find knee pain relief in Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford and East Brunswick.

Is Patellar Tendonitis a Serious Knee Problem?

Any injury to the knee joint affects the quality of your life. An injury to the patellar tendon affects every active movement of the knee joint, including flexion, extension, medial rotation and lateral rotation. The pain and other symptoms affect your ability to perform daily tasks. Jumper’s knee symptoms include:

  • Tenderness behind the lower part of your kneecap
  • Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon in the front of your knee
  • Swelling and redness around affected area
  • Weakness in your knee
  • Pain that worsens when jumping, running or walking
  • Pain when bending or straightening your leg
  • Pain that interferes with your daily routine

All these symptoms have a significant effect on your life. Dr. Hosny, a board certified, Harvard trained spine doctor and pain specialist, uses the latest technology to diagnose and treat patellar tendon pain and other knee conditions, including:

What Causes Patellar Tendonitis?

Repetitive stress on your knees is the main cause of patellar tendonitis. Situations that can cause knee injury, which can eventually lead to tendonitis, include:

  • Overuse of your knee joint, especially by jumping frequently on hard surfaces
  • A sports injury
  • Tiny tears in the tendon

One reason to get an early diagnosis at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC or northern NJ is for your doctor to identify the underlying cause. Effective treatment for patellar tendonitis starts with the identification of its cause.

Am I at Risk of Patellar Tendonitis?

While sporting activities involving jumping are the main cause of a patellar tendon tear, other factors that put you at risk of this knee injury include:

  • Wearing shoes without padding
  • Regularly playing sports on hard surfaces
  • Age, with people over 40 at a greater risk than adolescents or young adults
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Chronic diseases affecting the tendon structure, such as kidney failure, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes
  • Tight or weak leg muscles
  • Misaligned feet, ankles or legs

Your doctor discusses these risk factors during the diagnosis to highlight how they make you vulnerable to knee injuries and patellar tendon pain. You also receive targeted instructions to help you prevent further tendon damage as part of your interventional treatment plan.

What’s the Treatment for Patellar Tendonitis?

The best patellar tendonitis treatment starts with a definitive diagnosis. Some symptoms of patellar tendon injury are similar to other knee conditions. Your knee doctor carries out tests to rule them out. Once your doctor has determined the primary cause of your knee pain, treatment options for an inflamed patellar tendon may include:

  • Medication to relieve pain and inflammation, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Rest
  • Elevating your knee
  • Ice treatment to help reduce swelling
  • Physical therapy techniques
  • Injections, such as a corticosteroid injection or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection
  • Surgery, as a last resort when more conservative treatments have failed

If you’re active in sports and you have a nagging knee problem, contact the Spine & Rehab Group pain specialists at the nearest office today. You can find them in Manhattan and in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey. Don’t risk further complications that may keep you down when the best medical attention is sop close.

Page Updated on Mar 7, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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