Jumper’s Knee Treatment
The patella tendon connects your patella (kneecap) to your tibia, or shin bone. Certain activities like jumping can cause inflammation in the patella tendon and pain right below the kneecap. This is called jumper’s knee and can lead to serious tears in the patella tendon. At Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, we offer advanced jumper’s knee treatment to give our patients relief, especially athletes that rely on their ability to jump to perform. Our clinic on the Upper East Side is your source for effective orthopedic and sports medicine treatments by one of NYC’s top orthopedic surgeons.
Causes and Symptoms of Patella Tendonitis
Jumper’s knee, or patella tendonitis, is most common in athletes that perform repetitive jumping. Overuse of the patella tendon when jumping on a hard surface can cause strain on the tendon. The combined effort of jumping and landing can cause a patella tendon strain or inflammation. The symptoms of patella tendonitis, or jumper’s knee, include:
- Pain below the kneecap when jumping or running
- Swelling and/or tenderness in the patella tendon area
- Lower knee pain when extending or bending the leg
- Lower kneecap pain
Jumper’s knee is common in basketball players and other athletes that repeatedly run or jump on hard surfaces. Treatments are usually conservative, including rest, ice and NSAIDs, followed by physical therapy and strengthening to restore performance. For more severe inflammation, steroid injections can offer relief while recovering.
When chronic or reoccurring patella tendonitis is present, it can lead to tears on the patella tendon. If a complete tendon tear occurs, it will require surgery to repair. Dr. Glashow is a top sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon who can perform advanced treatments and surgery to repair damaged tendons and relieve jumper’s knee.
If you suffer from ongoing jumper’s knee symptoms, contact our clinic to schedule an appointment. We offer jumper’s knee treatment at our clinic on New York City’s Upper East Side.