Suffering from the pain of patellar tendonitis? Wondering what to do about it? We can help! Overuse problems or malalignment of the knee structures can lead to irritation, strain, and/or injury. These problems/injuries manifest with pain, weakness, and swelling of the knee joint.
Patellar tendonitis (also known as jumper’s knee) is a common overuse condition associated with running, repeated jumping and landing, and kicking. If you are currently suffering from knee pain and are suspicious that you may be suffering from patellar tendonitis, don’t delay getting a consultation from one of our Spine Correction Center Team members.
If left untreated, your condition could worsen and require more extensive treatment. Stem Cell Therapy offers an option that can keep you out of surgery and reduce your pain. With the strides we have made in healthcare and science, alternative patellar tendonitis treatments are now available that can eliminate your knee pain with an in-office injection procedure.
Patellar Tendonitis? What is it?
Tendonitis refers to to inflammation of a tendon (solid bands of connective tissue that link muscles and bones) when micro-tears are present from repeated strains or injury to an area.
Your patellar tendon spans the distance between your patella, or kneecap, to the top of your tibia.
This short and wide tendon supports your knee cap so that your knee can support the forces generated by your quadricep during jumping or running sports and activities.
What Causes Patellar Tendonitis?
Not surprisingly, the most common cause for patellar tendonitis is overuse or repetitive injuries. Overuse of the quadriceps requires your patellar tendon to absorb the majority of impact forces.
Basketball players, tennis players, volleyball players, track and field athletes, as well as soccer players are at the most risk because of the stresses to the patellar tendon. Repetitive jumping causes micro-tears that can trigger pain and localized inflammation. Other causes:
- Direct hit to the knee, kneecap or patellar tendon
- Running down hills, or repetitive running
- Inadequate strength and flexibility in your thigh and/or knee
- Overuse of the patellar tendon and quadriceps thigh muscles
- Stress from a sudden increase in frequency, intensity or duration of training
- Sports that require sudden, explosive thigh muscle contractions, such as in jumping, kicking or running
- Flat feet
What are the Signs of Patellar Tendonitis?
While every individual responds different to injury and inflammation, Patellar tendonitis symptoms usually include:
- Pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, or redness over the patellar tendon, just under the kneecap
- Crackling sound when the tendon is moved or touched
- Pain and occasional loss of strength when aggressively straightening the knee (like when jumping or rising from a seated or squatting position)
- Pain and occasional loss of strength when bending the knee completely, squatting or kneeling
When Should You Seek Out Professional Care?
Pain shouldn’t be ignored. It is the body’s way of communicating to you that something is wrong and in need of attention. If you are suffering from chronic knee pain, contact our Spine Correction Center team for a consultation.
Inflamed tendons that aren’t treated timely can cause serious tears of your tendon. Torn patellar tendons not only require more recovery and more invasive treatment protocols, but they can also leave you with irreversible damage.
A ruptured patellar tendon will cause instant severe pain and you will not be able to straighten your leg or walk.
How to Prevent Patellar Tendonitis
While certain risk factors have been shown to make you more susceptible to developing patellar tendon, some can be avoided by making certain lifestyle changes. Here are some things you can do to help prevent the condition:
- Ease into physical activity. Increasing the intensity or frequency of an activity can strain on your tendon. Warm-up properly before exercise and allow for proper recovery between workouts.
- Work on your flexibility. Inflexible thigh muscles (quadriceps) and/or hamstrings, which run up the back of your thighs, increase the strain on your patellar tendon.
- Find out if your muscles are balanced. Tendonitis can be caused by the unequal pull of muscles on your patellar tendon.
- Protect the knee joint. If advised by one of our Spine Correction Center team members, protect your knee joint with taping, bracing, or a compression bandage during activity.
Stem Cell Therapy and the Treatment of Patellar Tendonitis
Stem Cell Therapy offers another treatment option that can keep you out of surgery and reduce your pain. Patellar tendonitis treatments are now available that can eliminate your knee pain with an in-office injection procedure.
Our Spine Correction Center is one of the few clinics in the country to offer Amniotic Stem Cells for stem cell therapy. We couple the treatment with rehabilitation (if needed) provided by our integrated team, to correct the reason your injury may have been caused in the first place.
Other Treatment Options
Spine Correction Center is integrated with medical physicians, nurse practitioners, and chiropractic physicians and dealing with chronic pain and joint injuries is what we do.
If chronic knee pain is limiting your daily routine or preventing you from activities you enjoy, we can offer treatment to restore your previous function.
- Physical Therapy. Strengthening and stretching exercises may help reduce pain with activity. Some exercises can be given you to do at home and some you would do in our office with our trained therapist.
- Restraining the Knee. Serious cases of tendonitis may require restraining the knee for 10 to 14 days, to prevent stress on the tendon and to promote healing. Crutches may be used (uncommon) until you can walk without a limp.
- Surgery. For cases in which non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful, surgery may be advised, to remove the inflamed tendon lining (sheath). Surgery is rare, and is only advised after at least 6 months of non-surgical treatment.
- Hot and Cold Therapy. Used to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Call for a Patellar Tendonitis Treatment Consultation
If you are suffering from patellar tendonitis, the team at Spine Correction Center is ready to help. Spine Correction Center provides specialized treatment plans for patellar tendonitis in Northern Colorado and can help you understand where your symptoms are coming from and what it will take to improve. Call now for a FREE Consultation, (970) 658-5115 and get on your way to feeling better today!