Patellar Tendonitis


Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is an injury or inflammation of the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). Your pain may be mild or severe. The patellar tendon works with the muscles at the front of your thigh to extend your knee so that you can run, kick & jump.

Patellar tendonitis is a frequent injury of athletes, whose sports involve frequent jumping especially those who play volleyball & basketball. However, even some people who don’t participate in jumping sports can also get patellar tendonitis.


  • Pain and tenderness at the base of your kneecap
  • Swelling & a burning feeling in the kneecap
  • Pain while kneeling down or getting up from a squat
  • Pain interferes with any athletic activity, as well as with daily activities, such as climbing stairs or rising from a chair.


Patellar tendonitis is caused by repeated stress on your patellar tendon, most often from overuse in sports or exercise. The stress results in tiny tears in the tendon, over time, inflame and weaken the tendon. But as the tears in the tendon multiply, they cause pain from inflammation & weakening of the tendon.

Contributing factors can be:

  • Obesity
  • Tight leg muscles
  • Misaligned feet, ankles, and legs
  • Shoes without enough padding
  • Uneven leg muscle strength
  • Chronic diseases that weaken the tendon
  • Hard playing surfaces

Physical Therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

The treatment of patellar tendonitis begins with physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee to reduce your pain and inflammation.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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