If you are an athlete, especially a basketball or volleyball player, you are obviously jumping around a lot and are more likely prone to injury. If very common athletic injury is something we call jumpers knee, also known as patellar tendonitis in the medical community.
What many don’t realize is that this condition can also affect people who cycle, weightlifters, soccer players or others.
Patellar tendonitis is where are you experienced strain or injury with the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shinbone. If you are an athlete the jumps around a lot, you are causing ongoing stress to the tendon. The jumping motion can actually create tiny tears in the tendon which, overtime can lead to inflammation, pain or a gradual weakening of the tendon tissues.
One of the first symptoms you will experience is a doll pain between your kneecap in the top of your shinbone when you’re doing any sort of physical activity like running or some workouts. If you do not tend to this, it will affect your ability to actually work out or even do the very basics like standing up after sitting.
The degree to which the injury is progressing will determine the type of treatment you should expect to implement. We recommend using ice packs or even ice massage after any exercise that is causing pain in your knee area. Do you want to make sure that you stop or limit the amount of activity and strain you put on your knees. Be sure to get adequate rest and perform regular exercises that both strengthen and stretch out your legs and ligaments.
You could also consider using what is called a patellar tendon strap which is designed to take pressure off of the tendon and allow it to heal faster.
Eccentric exercises are also great because they strengthen your upper legs and help them handle strain and pressure that you normally put on your knees and tendons. When someone’s leg muscles are weak, they often experience pain in their knees. So, if you are investing time in strengthening both your upper and lower legs, it will take any undue pressure off of your knees.
If you are experiencing any patellar pain and are considering working with a Wyckoff physical therapist, reach out to Apex today and schedule your free evaluation. We have many years of experience developing effective rehabilitation programs that focus on building knee strength and bring about quick healing.