The patella tendon is part of the quadriceps muscle (at the front of the thigh) and it is involved in straightening the knee. During jumping activities, the patella tendon acts to control the amount of bend at the knee especially during landing. Repetitive strain can cause extra stresses on this tendon and micro tears can develop. Tendinopathy generally refers to degenerative change without an inflammatory response. Patella Tenidonpathy is linked to overuse, however as we age, our tendons can lose their ability to regenerate.
What to look out for:
- Pain is generally felt around the patella tendon.
- The condition generally comes on gradually and worsens with activity
- The affected area is normally tender to touch and may have some thickening compared to the other side
- Morning stiffness of the tendon is also a common complaint
What can you do if you suspect you have this condition?
- Firstly get a proper diagnosis from a Chartered Physiotherapist
- Rest from aggravating factors
- Applying an ice pack can help with pain relief
- A knee strap can help to relieve symptoms as it prevents full force being put through the tendon.
To maximise full recovery from patellar tendinopathy it’s important to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible. Your physiotherapist will be able to diagnosis causes for developing this condition such as reduced movement at the ankle, shortened or weak muscles.
Research shows that carrying out a supervised ‘eccentric loading’ programme of the tendon can be extremely effective in resolving this complaint. Maximum tension is generated in the muscle during eccentric loading, and therefore causes the tendon to adapt and strengthen. This process can take up to 3 months, or longer depending on the severity and how soon you start treatment.
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