The patellar tendon connects the kneecap (the patella) to the shin bone. This is part of the ‘extensor mechanism’ of the knee, and together with the quadriceps muscle and the quadriceps tendon, these structures allow your knee to straighten out, and provide strength for this motion. The patellar tendon, like other tendons, is made of tough string-like bands. These bands are surrounded by a vascular tissue lining that provides nutrition to the tendon.
The quadriceps actively straightens the knee in jumping to propel the individual off the ground as well as functioning in stabilizing their landing. It helps your muscles extend your lower leg so that you can kick a ball, push the pedals on your bicycle and jump up in the air.
Physical examination. Your doctor may apply pressure to different parts of your knee to determine exactly where you’re experiencing pain. Pain associated with patellar tendinitis usually concentrates on the front part of your knee, just below your kneecap.
Ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to create an image of your knee, revealing the location of tears in your patellar tendon.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create images that are more detailed than ultrasound images. MRI can reveal more subtle changes in the patellar tendon.
A combination of tests may help your doctor rule out other conditions that can cause knee pain similar to patellar tendinitis, such as:
Pain behind your kneecap (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
Tears in the cartilage (meniscus) that cushions your knee joint
Breakdown of the cartilage underneath your kneecap (chondromalacia patella)
PHYSIOLINE’S SPECIALIZED PHYSIOTHERAPY HAS VITAL ROLE TO PLAY
At Physioline, all the members of the rehabilitation team work together so as to provide proper care and the therapy in order to:
PRESCRIPTION OF BRACES:
Occasionally, your doctor will provide a support strap (called an infrapatellar strap or a Chopat strap), a knee brace, or custom orthotics. The benefit of these measures in the treatment of patellar tendonitis is not well known, but some patients find complete relief from using these products.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) include a long list of possibilities such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex, and many others. Patellar tendonitis treatment can be improved by these medications that will decrease pain and swelling. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting these medications
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