Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis or “jumper’s knee” is an injury to the tendon which connects the knee cap (patella) to the shin. This is considered an overuse syndrome of the patellofemoral extensor unit. The most common site of involvement of in the inferior pole of the patella. The patella tendon works with the quadriceps to help extend the knee, jump, kick and run. This is a common injury in athletes involved in sports that require frequent jumping like basketball and volleyball.


What causes Patellar tendonitis?

Patellar tendonitis often associated with micro-tears of the patella tendon from overuse and injury. As the tears accumulate it leads to weakening of the tendon. It is associated with high quadriceps loading activities like jumping, squatting, kneeling and climbing stairs.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Increased pain

Common Treatments Available for Patellar tendonitis