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Patella Tendonitis - A Runners' nemesis.

Dear Readers,

As physiotherapists, we understand the frustration and discomfort that patellar tendonitis, can bring. It's our mission to equip you with the knowledge and tools to overcome this condition and get back to the activities you love. Let's dive into the intricacies of patellar tendonitis, exploring its causes, treatment options, prevention strategies, and how physiotherapy can play a pivotal role in your recovery journey.

Understanding the Causes of Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis typically arises from overuse and repetitive strain on the patellar tendon, the strong band of tissue that connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). Activities that involve jumping, running, or sudden changes in direction can place excessive stress on the tendon, leading to microscopic tears, inflammation, and pain. Contributing factors may include inadequate warm-up or cool-down routines, biomechanical issues, muscle imbalances, and improper footwear.

Treatment Approaches for Patellar Tendonitis

Effective treatment of patellar tendonitis involves addressing pain, reducing inflammation, promoting healing, and restoring optimal function of the knee joint. Treatment options may include:

  1. Rest and Activity Modification: Temporary modification or cessation of activities that exacerbate symptoms is often necessary to allow the tendon to heal.

  2. Physical Therapy: A tailored exercise program, including stretching and strengthening exercises, can improve flexibility, correct muscle imbalances, and enhance the biomechanics of the lower limb.

  3. Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as soft tissue massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilisations may help alleviate pain and improve tissue flexibility.

  4. Modalities: Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy may be used to reduce pain and inflammation in the affected tendon.

  5. Bracing and Taping: Utilising patellar tendon straps or kinesiology tape may provide additional support to the knee and alleviate symptoms during physical activity.

Prevention Strategies for Patellar Tendonitis

Prevention is key to avoiding the recurrence of patellar tendonitis. Some preventive measures include:

  1. Gradual Progression: Avoid sudden increases in training intensity or volume. Gradually progress your exercise regimen to allow your body to adapt.

  2. Proper Technique: Ensure proper form and technique during physical activities to minimise stress on the patellar tendon.

  3. Strength and Flexibility: Maintain strong and flexible muscles around the knee joint through regular strength training and stretching exercises.

  4. Appropriate Footwear: Wear supportive footwear that provides adequate cushioning and stability during exercise, wearing incorrect footwear for your needs can put unneeded pressure on the knee and cause Patella tendonitis.

  5. Warm-Up and Cool-Down: Always include a proper warm-up and cool-down routine before and after physical activity to prepare the muscles and joints and prevent injury.

How Can We Help?

As physiotherapists, we are your partners in recovery from patellar tendonitis. We will conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify the underlying causes of your condition and develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Through targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, education on proper movement mechanics, and guidance on injury prevention strategies, we will empower you to take control of your recovery and return to your active lifestyle safely and confidently.

In conclusion, patellar tendonitis can be a challenging condition, but with the right approach, it is entirely manageable and treatable. By understanding the causes, implementing effective treatment strategies, and adopting preventive measures, you can overcome patellar tendonitis and continue pursuing your passion for physical activity with confidence.

Yours in health,


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