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How to get rid of tendonitis in the knee: Taming tendinitis in the knee


Taming tendinitis in the knee

Tendons are the bands of fibrous tissue that attach muscle to bone. Tendinitis — tendon inflammation — is often a repetitive strain injury. You get it by repeating the same motion over and over, which irritates the tendon. Joints commonly affected by tendinitis include the elbow, heel, and wrist.

Weekend warriors (folks who engage in high-intensity activities such as running or basketball on the weekend but do little to maintain conditioning during the week) often develop tendinitis in the knees. Simply being overweight can also contribute to knee tendinitis. Age is another risk factor. Over time, tendons become less flexible and the involved muscles lose strength, both of which further stress the tendons. Inflexible hamstring and quadricep muscles make you more susceptible as well.

Symptoms of tendinitis of the knee include:

  • pain above or below the kneecap
  • swelling
  • pain that recurs with particular activities and eases with rest
  • in severe cases, pain becomes constant (in spite of resting the joint) and can even disrupt sleep

Here are some simple steps you can take to quell tendinitis pain. At the first sign of trouble:

  • limit activities that put stress on your knees
  • apply ice
  • use over-the-counter pain relievers, ideally aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • use a knee support.

Once the pain and any swelling are gone, try easing back into your normal activities and hold off on more demanding athletic activities for a few weeks. Typically, tendinitis goes away in a few weeks or months. Your doctor may recommend extra treatments for particularly stubborn cases.

To keep tendinitis from coming back, ask your doctor about exercises to improve flexibility and address and muscle imbalances that may be placing stress on your knees.

For more information on recognizing and treating knee tendinitis as well as ligament issues, tissue tears, osteoarthritis and other knee conditions, buy Knees and Hips, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

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Treatment for Knee Tendonitis | The Bone & Joint Center

March 20, 2020


Knee tendonitis, also called patellar tendonitis, is an inflammation of the tendon that links your patella (kneecap) to your tibia (shinbone). People who have knee tendonitis usually experience worsening pain in the knee area until they receive treatment.

This is a frequent injury among athletes, which is why it’s often called “jumper’s knee.” It is usually due to overuse or repetitive stress on the knee. Small tears develop in the tendon and become inflamed, eventually weakening the muscle and causing pain.

What Treatments Are There for Knee Tendonitis?

The treatment you receive for knee tendonitis depends on the severity of your injury. Your doctor will likely advise that you temporarily stop performing any activity that puts stress and pressure on your knees.

Below are some of the standard treatment procedures for knee tendonitis:


For short-term relief of your knee pain and inflammation, you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. However, if you are still experiencing severe pain, your doctor may prescribe medication or recommend that you have corticosteroid injections around your knee.

Minimally invasive pain-relief treatments include corticosteroid injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

Physical Therapy and Exercise

Professional physical therapy can help reduce your knee pain and get you on the road to recovery. Your physical therapist (PT) will show you special stretches and strengthening exercises for your leg and thigh muscles to get your knee back in shape.

A typical therapy session includes the following activities:

  • Warm-up
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Cool-down

Your physical therapist may develop an overall, ongoing exercise program for you that includes isometric and flexibility exercises in addition to the stretching and strengthening exercises mentioned above. The PT may also utilize ultrasound and electrical stimulation to ease your knee pain.

Wearing a knee brace or taping the knee area can help to provide extra support to the knee while you are exercising. It takes longer for a tendon to heal than for other soft tissues to heal, such as muscle or skin, so be patient and don’t expect quick results. If you don’t give your knee enough rest and time to heal, the injury could become worse.


If conservative treatments are not effective in providing pain relief, a patient may undergo surgery to repair the patellar tendon. The most minimally invasive type of surgical treatment for this injury is knee arthroscopy, which has a much shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery and can be done via outpatient surgery – so you can go home later that day.

Orthopedic Doctors in North Dakota

Many treatment procedures exist today for knee tendonitis, ranging from over-the-counter drugs to physical therapy to surgery. It is best to consult with an orthopedic specialist to develop the most appropriate and effective treatment regimen for you, so you can get back to your normal active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Here at The Bone & Joint Center, we have offices located across North Dakota to serve you and to treat your knee pain. Our orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and sports doctors provide each patient the best treatment in the least-invasive way.

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Patellar Tendonitis & Jumper’s Knee: The 2021 Ultimate Guide

Patellar tendonitis (“Jumper’s Knee”) is a frustrating knee injury that can last for years. This article will show how to cut the recovery time down to just a few weeks.

Patellar tendonitis is an injury of the tendon that connects the kneecap (“patella”) to the shinbone. You need the patellar tendon to produce knee extension.

Every time you run or jump the patellar tendon gets put to work. This is why “jumper’s knee” is common in sports that require explosive leg movements such as volleyball or basketball, but it can also occur in non-athletes.

This page will tell you how to get rid of tendonitis as fast as possible, based on current academic research.

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Signs & Symptoms

In patellar tendonitis the pain will be on the front of the knee. It can be located where the patellar tendon connects to the kneecap or to the shinbone.

Usually activities such as running, jumping, or squatting will make the pain worse. The pain response can be immediate, but it can also be delayed by up to 48 hours. Even sitting can be painful.

“Jumper’s Knee” progresses in stages. Early on you may only feel pain after intense training sessions, but as the injury gets more chronic, you may also begin to feel it during sports and even while at rest.

The symptoms can get worse with running, jumping, or squatting.

Your injury is not patellar tendonitis if your pain is:

  • On the side of the knee
  • Above the knee
  • Behind the knee
  • Inside the actual knee joint

Your doctor can use imaging technologies such as ultrasound or MRI to rule out other injuries via differential diagnosis.


Go to a doctor right away if…

  • The joint is swollen or discolored
  • The pain is very sharp or is getting worse
  • You cannot do everyday activities
  • The knee feels unstable
  • There is a locking feeling in the knee
  • You cannot put weight on the leg

Please take this seriously. Ignoring the pain can cause bigger problems down the road.

Causes & Risk Factors

Patellar tendonitis can be caused by a blow to the tendon or by certain antibiotics, but by far the most common cause is continued overuse of the tendon.

Patellar tendonitis can be caused by a blow to the tendon or by training too hard and too frequently.

This overuse can happen in one single training session or sports event, like say a weekend tournament, or by exceeding the tendon’s load tolerance over a longer period of time.

The most common example is training too hard and too frequently. This repeated overuse prevents the tendon’s adaptation response and instead of getting stronger, cellular changes inside the tendon slowly make it weaker.

For positive tendon adaptation, leave enough rest days between your training sessions. In contrast, if you train again too soon you’ll interrupt the tendon’s adaptation response and your tendon may even get weaker.

Weaker tendons are more prone to future overuse, thus leading to a vicious cycle that can be hard to escape from.

This explains why ignoring the pain can add months to your recovery time.

Is Patellar Tendonitis Inflammation?

A common misconception is that tendonitis is caused by inflammation. While inflammation is involved to some degree, tendonitis is not an inflammatory response, but an injury driven by cellular degradation.

That’s why using anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen to treat patellar tendonitis can even be detrimental to the recovery process, as we’ll talk about in a moment.

Aside from your training, patellar tendonitis can also be driven by certain risk factors. These include:

  • No gradual return to sports after a rest period of 6+ weeks
  • Older age (odds ratio of 4. 209)
  • Diabetes
  • Participation in jumping sports, especially volleyball or basketball
  • High training volume (e.g., risk is almost 9-times as high if you’re training more than 20 hours per week)
  • Central adiposity for men and peripheral adiposity for women
  • Abnormal estrogen levels
  • Autoimmune or connective tissue diseases
  • Improper jumping mechanics
  • Muscular problems such as tight hamstrings, calves, or quadriceps muscles
  • Having a higher vertical leap
  • Training on hard surfaces
  • Large increases in training volume or intensity


To diagnose the injury your doctor will ask about your pain history and the location of the pain. He or she may also perform a combination of manual examinations and imaging tests like MRI or ultrasound to rule out other injuries.

Sometimes patellar tendonitis can be difficult to diagnose, as the knee may be painful even though imaging tests show no pathological changes. Conversely, changes may be present on ultrasound and yet the knee can still be pain-free.

Patellar Tendonitis Recovery Time

If you follow a safe and effective tendon strengthening program you will notice a pain reduction after about 4 weeks, but complete recovery can take anywhere between 3 months and 15 years.

The sooner you start rehab, the shorter your recovery time will be. This may seem obvious, but a large percentage of people with patellar tendonitis still end up ignoring the pain for months and sometimes even years.

The good news is that pain can still get better even if you had patellar tendonitis for years.

Which Treatments Work?

The list of treatments for patellar tendonitis includes a variety of options. However, only few are supported by strong evidence in academic research. Here’s an overview.


Resting is a good treatment option in the very early stage of patellar tendonitis, but as soon as you’ve had the pain for more than a few weeks the cellular changes inside the tendon make resting a non-viable option for long-term improvement.

This is a fancy way of saying that resting doesn’t work once tendonitis has become chronic. If you’ve tried it before, the likely outcome was that pain came back once you returned to sports.

If this sounds familiar, you know that you need a different approach.

Painkillers & Anti-Inflammatories

If necessary your doctor may prescribe you pain medication or anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Anti-inflammatories can reduce the pain for a short period of time and they’re a good treatment option in the early stages of patellar tendonitis.

However, once the injury has become chronic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories will slow down your recovery by interfering with tendon repair.

Physical Therapy Exercises

Treating patellar tendonitis with slow strengthening exercises like leg extensions, leg presses, or eccentric squats has produce good long-term outcomes in academic research.

Eccentric Squats

You can do eccentric squats on a slanted board or on flat ground once you’ve progressed to the single-leg version.

The key to success with this exercise is to execute each repetition slowly. Take about 3 seconds on the way down and 3 seconds on the way up. If necessary you can do the eccentric squats to parallel, but ideally you’d do the full range of motion.

Leg Press

If you have access to a gym, the leg press is a great alternative to the eccentric squat. It offers more granular control over the resistance. This makes progressing easier and also reduces your risk of setbacks.

Leg Extension

The main benefit of the leg extension machine is that it allows you to detect and correct muscular imbalances between sides through isolation of the quadriceps muscles.

Limit yourself to the middle range of motion or do isometric holds only. To do isometric holds, pick a heavy weight that you can hold with a single leg for about 45 – 60 seconds, push the bar up with both legs, and then hold with one leg.

Spanish Squat

Tendons that are easily irritated can benefit from performing isometric holds in those same exercises. Isometrics have delivered promising results in research because they reduced tendon pain as well as muscular inhibition of the quadriceps muscle.

The Spanish Squat is a fantastic isometric bodyweight exercise for easily irritable tendonitis.

To do the Spanish Squat you need a strong elastic band or a thick strap to pull the top of your calves forward. Now you can squat back while keeping your shins vertical. Try to keep your upper body as vertical as possible.

Once you’re in position you can hold the Spanish squat for time or do slow repetitions.

Stretching Exercises

You can also use stretching exercises, such as hamstring, quadriceps, or calf stretches, to prevent and treat patellar tendonitis. Here’s a video demonstration of my favorite stretches for jumper’s knee:

These stretches can produce even better treatment outcomes if you combine them with the slow strengthening exercises we talked about earlier, compared to just doing the strengthening drills.

Be careful with stretching if your tendon is easily irritated. In these cases it’s better to focus on tendon strengthening work until the tendon is strong enough to tolerate stretching without becoming painful.

Please clear all strengthening and stretching exercises with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

Other Treatments for Jumper’s Knee

Once jumper’s knee has become chronic, treatment with the strengthening exercises we covered above usually takes months rather than weeks to produce results.

Unfortunately, some people confuse the slow progress these exercises provide with being stuck and since nobody wants to be in pain, the promises some of the other treatment option make seem too enticing to ignore.

However, there is no convincing evidence in academic research that these adjunct treatments provide long-term benefits for tendonitis. Still, let’s look at them in more detail.

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You can use ice to manage your pain without painkillers or anti-inflammatories. However, icing didn’t show any treatment benefits for patellar tendonitis and it temporarily reduced flexibility of the tendon it was used on.

Ultrasound Therapy

This treatment option provided inconsistent results in some studies and even showed no benefits at all in other research.

Patellar Tendon Straps

Patellar tendon straps can reduce pain for a short period of time for some people with patellar tendonitis. These straps have also been shown to improve jumping mechanics as well as body awareness. They may also contribute to better patellar tracking.

Please note that these straps did not improve jumping performance or long term treatment outcomes of patellar tendonitis.


In iontophoresis an ionizing current is used to drive a substance, usually an NSAID or a corticosteroid, deeper into the treated tissue. However, when compared to a control group iontophoresis delivered no treatment benefit.

Invasive Treatments

A number of minimally invasive procedures are available to treat patellar tendonitis. Here’s what I discovered about them in academic research .

“Cortisone” Injections

Cortisone injections are a popular treatment option for patellar tendonitis because they have a low risk of immediate side-effects, are easy to perform, and are inexpensive.

These injections usually reduce pain for a short period of time, but at the cost of a higher risk of suffering a relapse. For example, 72% of study participants in a study on elbow tendinopathy suffered a relapse after receiving a cortisone injection.

Another unwanted side-effect of corticosteroid injections is the increased risk of suffering a tendon tear, as the injections lead to weaker tendons.

Prolotherapy & Dry-Needling

These are two other minimally invasive treatment modalities for patellar tendonitis, but I couldn’t find strong evidence to support their use.

PRP Injections

Another popular treatment option for patellar tendonitis is PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma).

In PRP, centrifuged blood is (re)injected into the injured body part with the intention of restarting or speeding up the healing process.

So far there is little proof that PRP provides a treatment benefit when compared to placebo injections, but it can still be a beneficial option for recalcitrant cases.

Surgical Intervention

If all other treatment options fail, surgical intervention still stands as a last resort treatment. Different procedures are available and each comes with different risks and benefits. Talk to your surgeon if you want to know more about this.

Surgery for patellar tendonitis often requires a longer rehab time of 6 to 12 months, but long-term improvements of this intervention were promising. In one study on patellar tendonitis surgery improved the symptoms in 57% of study participants.

The best thing you can do though is to avoid further tendon damage as soon as you become aware of the injury by not training through pain.

In the majority of cases, an exercise-based approach provides far superior long-term results, as long as it’s performed correctly. Here’s where I would love to help you.


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What is jumper’s knee?

Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by
inflammation of your patellar tendon. This connects your kneecap (patella) to your
shinbone (tibia). Jumper’s knee weakens your tendon, and, if untreated, can lead to
tears in your tendon.

What causes jumper’s knee?

Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on
hard surfaces.

It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force
of hitting the ground. This strains your tendon. With repeated stress, your tendon
may become inflamed.

What are the symptoms of jumper’s knee?

Following are the most common symptoms of jumper’s knee. However, you may experience
symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon
  • Swelling
  • Pain with jumping, running, or walking
  • Pain when bending or straightening your leg
  • Tenderness behind the lower part of your kneecap

symptoms of jumper’s knee may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always
your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

How is jumper’s knee diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, your healthcare provider
may use an X-ray to help diagnose jumper’s knee.

How is jumper’s knee treated?

The best treatment for jumper’s knee is to stop any activity that’s causing the problem
until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Rest
  • Elevating your knee
  • Ice
    packs to your knee to help reduce swelling
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

Key points about jumper’s

  • Jumper’s
    knee is inflammation of your patellar tendon, the tendon that connects your kneecap
    (patella) to your shinbone (tibia).
  • Jumper’s knee is often a sports-related injury caused by overuse of your knee
  • You may
    need an X-ray to help diagnose jumper’s knee.
  • The
    best treatment for jumper’s knee is to stop any activity that’s causing the problem
    until the injury is healed.

Next steps

Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:

  • Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen.
  • Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
  • Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells
  • At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments,
    or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you.
  • Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed, and how it will help you. Also
    know what the side effects are.
  • Ask if your condition can be treated in other ways.
  • Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
  • Know what to expect if you do not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
  • If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that
  • Know how you can contact your provider if you have questions.

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Tendonitis or Bursitis? Your Best Treatments Begin at Home – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

Whether it’s a painful shoulder, knee or elbow, tendonitis and bursitis are troublesome conditions that can affect just about anyone. The pain can come gradually, building up over time. Or it can feel sudden and severe.

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If you feel concerned or unsure about the cause of pain, see your doctor. But in many cases, it’s sensible to give rest and home remedies time to work.

Tendonitis and bursitis are usually caused by repetitive activities. These include gardening, shoveling, painting, or playing tennis or golf.

What’s happening when these conditions strike is a strain to the tendons that connect bone to muscle (tendonitis) or inflammation to the bursa, fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction in the joints (bursitis). Since every joint has a bursa, these two conditions often go hand-in-hand.

They are especially common in the rotator cuff of the shoulder and in the patellar tendon that connects the knee cap to the shin bone.

Start treatment at home

In most cases, you can treat tendonitis and bursitis at home with rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. It may seem simple, but also try to avoid the motion that originally caused the pain.

Give about four to six weeks for these home remedies to help. But if the pain persists, call your doctor.

Latest treatment options

If tendonitis and bursitis are still causing pain after treating them at home, your doctor will often start your treatment with physical therapy. It can help to alleviate symptoms as well as strengthen the area of injury.

There are other options that are sometimes used to treat tendonitis and bursitis:

  • Phonophoresis: This technique uses ultrasound to help anti-inflammatory creams absorb through the skin.
  • Iontophoresis: Similar to phonophoresis, this technique uses electrical stimulation to help anti-inflammatories penetrate the skin.
  • Cortisone injections: Injections of this steroid medication can help significantly reduce the inflammation that comes with persistent tendonitis and bursitis.

Listening to your pain

Some people think that pain is a sign that something damaging is going on in their bodies. But that’s not always the case. Tendonitis and bursitis may cause temporary pain and discomfort, but they usually don’t cause long-term damage and rarely require surgery.

Take tendonitis and bursitis for what they are — overuse injuries that are common and easy to begin treating at home. Often, this is all they need to resolve. If they don’t within a month or so, call your doctor.

Real cures for tendonitis

Real cures for tendonitis

What do tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, golfer’s elbow, and jumper’s knee have in common?

First, they all hurt. A lot. Many sufferers describe the pain as a dull ache, tender to the touch with visible swelling in the affected area.

Second, they are all forms of tendonitis. Tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It is most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels.

In most cases, the discomfort of mild cases of tendonitis can be treated with over-the-counter medication or rest. But if the pain persists, you may need to see a doctor.

I sat down with Dr. Ryan Slater, Sports Medicine Specialist with Central Utah Clinic, to find out more about how to treat and even cure tendonitis.

Treatment for minor injuries

When we think of orthopedic injury, we often think surgery is the only option. However, “a large majority of orthopedic injuries are nonsurgical,” said Dr. Slater. “Many times these injuries improve without surgical intervention.” The same holds true for tendonitis. For minor injuries, try the RICE method.

Rest. Reduce your level of physical activity and rest the affected area.

Ice. To decrease the pain and swelling, apply ice packs or ice baths up to 20 minutes several times per day.

Compression. Since swelling is a common concern, compressing the area with wraps or elastic bandages helps keep swelling under control.

Elevation. This is another option to reduce the amount of swelling. If you suffer from a knee injury, for example, raise the leg above the level of your heart.

When the pain just won’t go away

If the RICE method doesn’t work for you, then you may be looking at a more severe case of tendonitis. However, there are still many noninvasive procedures that can be used:

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. In medicine, ultrasound is used to detect changes in appearance, size, or contour of organs, tissues and vessels. It is also used to detect abnormal masses, such as tumors. It’s painless, fast and can quickly provide doctors with images for a faster and more comprehensive diagnosis.

Platelet-Rich Plasma. “When conditions do not get better with more conservative treatments, we sometimes consider using PRP,” said Dr. Slater.

This regenerative treatment involves taking a sample of your own blood, separating out the platelets, then re-injecting those healing elements into the affected area. While still relatively new to the field, it is quickly gaining popularity as an effective, non-surgical treatment for certain patients.

“There are mixed studies,” said Slater. “Some patients show significant relief while others are not as conclusive.” Still, for a select population, this procedure can provide fast, long-term relief.

Tenex Health TX. After about 8-10 weeks, tendonitis ceases to be strictly an inflammation problem and becomes more of a degenerative issue. If this is the case, Tenex can work well.

In this procedure, a specially designed needle enables Dr. Slater to pass through the tissue and remove the degenerative parts of the tendon that are causing the patient pain. “This procedure has only been around for a few years,” explained Dr. Slater, “but studies have been very promising. This is a great treatment option for people who have severe symptoms and don’t want to go through a major surgery.” And it only requires a local anesthetic.

As a former wide receiver for Brigham Young University, Dr. Slater has had his own share of orthopedic injuries. Now, he uses his professional knowledge and collegiate experience to treat current collegiate and high school athletes as well as other patients in the community.

To find out more about how to treat and actually cure tendonitis, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Slater, connect with Central Utah Clinic for information on services, locations, events and more. www.centralutahclinic.com

Tendonitis – NHS

Tendonitis is when a tendon swells (becomes inflamed) after a tendon injury.

It can cause joint pain, stiffness, and affect how a tendon moves.

You can treat mild tendon injuries yourself and should feel better within 2 to 3 weeks.

How to treat tendonitis yourself

Follow these steps for 2 to 3 days to help manage pain and to support the tendon.

  • Rest: try to avoid moving the tendon for 2 to 3 days.
  • Ice: put an ice pack (or try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) on the tendon for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Support: wrap an elastic bandage around the area, use a tube bandage, or use a soft brace. You can buy these from pharmacies. It should be snug, not tight.

It’s important to take a bandage or brace off before going to bed.

When you can move the injured area without pain stopping you, try to keep moving it so the joint does not become stiff.

To help prevent further injury or pain, try to avoid:

  • heavy lifting, strong gripping or twisting actions that make the symptoms worse
  • playing sports, until the tendon has recovered

A pharmacist may help with tendonitis

A pharmacist can recommend the best painkiller for you. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to ease pain.

They may also recommend a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) cream or gel you rub on your skin.

Symptoms of tendonitis

There are tendons all over your body. They connect your muscles to bones in your joints, for example, in your knees, elbows and shoulders.

The main symptoms of tendonitis are:

  • pain in a tendon that gets worse when you move
  • difficulty moving the joint
  • feeling a grating or crackling sensation when you move the tendon
  • swelling, sometimes with heat or redness

Non-urgent advice: Go to a minor injuries unit or a GP if:

  • your symptoms do not improve within a few weeks
  • you’re in a lot of pain
  • you think you have ruptured (torn) a tendon

If the pain is sudden and severe, and happened during an accident or activity, you may have ruptured a tendon. You might have heard a popping or snapping sound when the pain started.

If your tendon is ruptured, you may be referred to a specialist for assessment.

You may be referred to hospital for an X-ray or scan if your doctor thinks you may have another injury, such as a broken bone.

Treatment for tendonitis from a GP

A GP may prescribe a stronger painkiller or suggest you use a NSAID cream or gel on your skin to ease pain.

If the pain is severe, lasts a long time, or your movement is limited, you may be referred for physiotherapy. You can also choose to book appointments privately.

If physiotherapy does not help, you may be referred to a doctor who specialises in muscles and bones (orthopaedic specialist) or a local musculoskeletal clinic.

Some people with severe tendonitis may be offered:

  • steroid injections, which may provide short-term pain relief (this cannot be offered for problems with the achilles tendon)
  • shockwave therapy, which may help with healing
  • platelet rich plasma injections (PRP), which may help with healing
  • surgery to remove damaged tissue or repair a ruptured tendon

Preventing tendon problems

Tendonitis is usually caused by sudden, sharp movements or repetitive exercise, such as running, jumping or throwing.

Tendonitis can also be caused by repetitive movements, or having poor posture or technique while at work or when playing a sport. This is known as repetitive strain injury (RSI).

You cannot always prevent tendonitis. But there are things you can do to help reduce the chance of a tendon injury.


  • warm up before exercising and gently stretch afterwards

  • wear supportive shoes for exercise, or insoles

  • take regular breaks from repetitive exercises


  • do not over-exercise tired muscles

  • do not start a new sport without some training or practice

  • do not do the same repetitive exercises

Video: what is tendonitis?

This animation explains what tendonitis is and what causes it.

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90,000 Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment.


Tendon disease tendonitis in most clinical cases occurs for two main reasons:

  • • increased physical activity with excessive stress on the tendons;
  • • age-related degenerative changes in the ligamentous apparatus, which are characteristic of people over the age of 40.

The development of the disease is facilitated by a number of anatomical features of the human body, in particular, different lengths of the lower extremities, disproportionate arrangement of the patella, flat feet, curvature of the legs, and more.

The disease can be provoked by various pathological conditions, including:

  • • diseases associated with gross metabolic disorders in the body;
  • • immunodeficiency states;
  • • rheumatism;
  • • infectious diseases of various etiologies (gonorrhea, streptococcal infection, chlamydia).

Tendinitis, as a secondary pathology, develops mainly in persons with a weakened level of immunity, in whom the body’s resistance to infections is sharply reduced.


Symptoms of tendonitis depend on the location of the pathological process and the stage of its development. At the initial stages of the formation of tendon inflammation, pain occurs only after intense physical exertion. Later, the pain begins to bother a person even at rest.

Pain can be localized directly in the area of ​​the projection of the ligament or on the sides of it. They are more often aching in nature, but they can also be quite intense.Rarely, pain is present on an ongoing basis. On palpation, the pain increases. Acute tendon inflammation is accompanied by severe swelling, redness, and impaired mobility in the affected joint.

Sometimes tendon tendonitis is accompanied by crepitus. As a result of the long course of the disease, small nodules are formed along the diseased ligament, which can be felt when touched. Over time, calcium is deposited in the thickness of such formations, which makes them very dense.If left untreated, a partial or complete rupture of the tendon is possible.

The clinical picture of the disease largely depends on the stage of its course:

  • acute phase – pain and discomfort in the area of ​​the affected tendon bother the patient only after physical exertion and quickly pass at rest;
  • the subacute stage is characterized by a more pronounced pain syndrome even in a state of complete rest, which is accompanied by hyperemia of the skin, swelling of soft tissues and limited mobility;
  • Chronic tendonitis is accompanied by degenerative changes in the tendon with constant pain, decreased range of motion and persistent stiffness.

What will help soothe a stretched tendon, how to treat its inflammation and prevent complications of the pathological process? All these questions can only be answered by a qualified doctor.


Tendinitis is different. The tactics of treating the disease depend on the nature of the inflammatory process. Today, doctors distinguish serous, fibrinous and purulent tendon inflammation.

Depending on the location of the affected tendon, tendinitis can be divided into the following types:

1.Temporal tendonitis – leads to dysfunction of chewing, a clicking sensation with a wide opening of the mouth and painful sensations in the affected area.

2. Tendinitis of the shoulder joint with damage to the capsule of the joint of the biceps tendon and supraspinatus muscle. The defeat of the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle of the shoulder, the treatment of which only experienced doctors can do, leads to the impossibility of placing the hand behind the head or raising it up.

3. Tendonitis of the biceps tendon on the arm with a decrease in the volume of movement in this area.

4. Tendinitis of the elbow joint with limited mobility in the elbow joint, its swelling and severe pain.

5. Tendinitis of the wrist, the symptoms, the treatment of which is well known to specialists. It is manifested by discomfort after doing physical work, a feeling of flattening of the hand and complicated extension of the fingers.

6. Tendinitis of the hip joint, when movement in the joint of the same name is limited, and over time its persistent dysfunction is formed.

7.Knee tendinitis (occurs after injuries, wearing uncomfortable shoes, intense training) leads to tendon dystrophy and partial loss of their function. Knee tendonitis is dangerous in its consequences, since without treatment it can cause the patient’s disability.

8. Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, which is characteristic of physical workers and athletes, manifests itself as difficulty walking up stairs, limited movement in the ankle, pain even at rest.

9. Tendinitis of the foot with swelling and soreness in this area, which often extends to the lower leg. When the process is started, nodules form in the tendons that limit mobility.

For any type of tendon inflammation, you should not self-medicate. The only correct decision is to find out who is treating ligaments and tendons, so that you can immediately seek specialized medical help.


Diagnosis of tendonitis is based on the collection of anamnestic data and assessment of the results of the examinations.Sometimes the doctor just needs to examine the patient and listen to his complaints. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, to confirm the diagnosis, it is necessary to undergo an X-ray of the affected area, ultrasound and even an MRI. These methods will help determine the exact localization of the inflammatory process, assess the degree of its neglect and the nature of tendon degeneration.


The choice of a method for correcting tendonitis depends on its localization, stage of development and the nature of the patient’s professional activity. With early treatment, most patients manage to avoid surgery and cure the disease using conservative techniques. As a rule, after diagnostics and confirmation of tendon inflammation, a person is prescribed complete immobilization of the limb. For example, before treating Achilles tendonitis, the entire leg must be kept motionless.

Drug therapy of the disease includes:

  • the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for topical application (ointment), which must be applied to the damaged areas of the body several times a day;
  • taking painkillers;
  • injections with tendinitis of the shoulder joint or elbow joint with glucocorticoid solutions with severe symptoms of inflammation with intense pain and inability to move;
  • prescribing antibiotics when confirming the specificity of the pathogen.

Knowing how to treat knee tendonitis correctly, you can completely stop the pathological condition, resume normal joint function and avoid complications.

After completing the course of drug therapy, the patient is recommended physiotherapy to restore the functionality of the damaged tendons. It is realized with the help of medical gymnastics under the guidance of a rehabilitation physician.

In the absence of effect from conservative treatment and progression of purulent inflammation, experts insist on surgical intervention with rehabilitation in the postoperative period.Always, before treating an Achilles tendon or tendonitis in another area with surgery, doctors assess the risks and warn patients about possible long-term recovery.

If you suspect the development of tendonitis, a person should immediately contact the clinic for diagnosis and competent treatment of the disease. Only a qualified doctor is able to determine the cause of the inflammation, assess the extent of the lesion, and prescribe effective pain relievers. It is important to contact the best specialists, like an orthopedic traumatologist of the Center for Rehabilitation Therapy


Any disease is always easier to prevent than to then cure without consequences. And tendonitis is no exception to this rule. It is possible to reduce the risks of developing tendon inflammation by following the simple recommendations of specialists:

  • rejection of uncomfortable high-heeled shoes;
  • conducting small warm-ups throughout the day;
  • referring to a professional trainer when performing strength exercises or during intense training;
  • reducing the load on the affected area;
  • timely treatment of infectious diseases;
  • strengthening the immune system;
  • rejection of bad habits and normalization of the diet.


With timely access to specialists and competent treatment with strict adherence to all the doctor’s recommendations, the prognosis for complete recovery is favorable. In such cases, it is possible to completely stop the inflammatory process and minimize the risks of relapse. Chronic tendonitis requires long-term therapy and, unfortunately, is rarely amenable to complete cure. But with proper patient management, doctors manage to achieve long-term remission.

At the Center for Restorative Medicine in Naberezhnye Chelny you can make an appointment with an orthopedist. Prices for a specialist consultation can be found on the website or by phone +7 (8552) 78-09-35, +7 (953) 482-66-62

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Tendonitis of the knee joint is an orthopedic disease associated with trauma, infection or degenerative damage to tendon and ligamentous structures.Problems with overstraining the knee lead to tissue deformation and traumatic consequences. This causes pain, weakness, and swelling in the joint. Knee tendonitis is often referred to as the occupational injury of athletes, jumpers and track and field athletes. This pathology is a common condition of excessive tension in one of the knee tendons, due to which movements such as running, jumping, and landing are carried out.


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Anatomical information

Tendons connect muscles to bones. The movement of muscles through the tendons causes the bones to move. The joint work of muscles, tendons and bones ensures the functionality of the musculoskeletal system.Tendon fibers are rigid in structure, but flexible. They are strong enough to participate in body movement, and elastic, which gives the movement smoothness.

Development of inflammation in this area leads to pain. This is how tendonitis of the knee joint develops. Fortunately, this condition can be treated with a competent doctor’s approach. Systematic observation and correction of pathologies in the clinic of Doctor Length will allow you to forget about violations and completely restore the lost balance.

Causes of knee tendinitis

Tendonitis of the knee occurs most often as a result of overstrain in the supporting structures of the knee.This is facilitated by its constant flexion and extension. The most common cause of the disease is excessive physical activity during sports. However, tendonitis can also manifest itself in a person who is far from sports practices.

In orthopedics, internal and external causes of tendonitis are distinguished. External factors include:

  • constant wearing of uncomfortable shoes;
  • exercise errors (too fast pace)
  • hard surface of the training area.

The internal factors in the development of knee tendinitis include age-related changes in the human body, loss of flexibility and joint mobility. This also includes flat feet, different lengths of the legs. All this creates an uneven load on the musculoskeletal system.

Increased Q angle or anteversion of the femur are two common types of misalignment that contribute to knee tendinitis. Angle Q is the angle formed by the patellar tendon and the axis of extension of the quadriceps.For men and women, this value varies. In the fairer sex, it is usually larger. The normal reading is less than 15 degrees. If it is exceeded, a large load on the tendon is created, which can cause painful inflammation. Twisting the femur affects the position of the patella. Any imbalance in the structure of the lower limb directly affects the joint.

The strength of a tendon depends on the number, size and orientation of the collagen fibers that make up it.Overstressing this structure is a mismatch between the load and the tendon’s ability to distribute force. Such a discrepancy can lead to injury.

How does a person feel with tendinitis of the knee?

The first factor of trouble in the development of the disease is pain syndrome. It occurs in the lower part of the kneecap and intensifies during physical activity. At the site of damage, tissue edema develops, warmth is felt, hyperemia of the skin appears.

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Which line of conduct to follow

Mild cases of knee tendonitis may not require a visit to the doctor. Home life should be organized as follows:

  • Get more rest, avoid physical activity.
  • Use ice packs or cooling bandages to reduce swelling.
  • While lying or sitting, try to raise your knee to a level above your heart. This will improve blood flow to the affected area and reduce leg swelling.
  • Bandages with elastic bandages can help reduce knee swelling in mild tendonitis.

Seek medical attention if pain persists. Taking pain relievers on your own can create a false sense of well-being.

Treatment takes up to 6 weeks, during which caution should be exercised. As soon as the doctor is allowed to return to activity, the previous rhythm should be gradually restored. Reasonableness and dosed activity in organizing the work or training process will avoid subsequent relapse.


In the clinic of Doctor Length, the diagnosis begins with the doctor’s examination of the patient’s medical history. A physical examination is performed.The specialist asks clarifying questions about the state of health, symptoms of disorders, lifestyle, hereditary factors. Without fail, the doctor asks when the pain manifested itself, in what periods of time it intensifies and what helps to remove the discomfort.

The examination includes palpation of the painful area, the patient performing the simplest exercises (squatting, walking). The strength and length of the muscles and structures surrounding the knee (quads, hamstrings, calves, hip and gluteus flexors) are checked.Often, a physical examination is sufficient to make a diagnosis. However, additional diagnostic tests are sometimes used:

  • Ultrasound – ultrasound examination, the action of which is based on the use of sound waves.
  • X-ray – scanning the painful area using gamma radiation.
  • MRI – magnetic resonance imaging, painless and safe screening of internal body structures.

Blood and urine tests may be requested to detect signs of inflammation.

Treatment options for knee tendonitis

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) remains controversial in both the acute and chronic stages. Several studies have shown that these drugs interfere with soft tissue healing. Of course, they reduce pain and swelling in the knee area, but they have a negative effect on tendon repair.

Corticosteroids are also used to relieve pain and swelling. Surgical intervention is recognized as an adequate measure only when conservative methods of treating knee tendinitis have not yielded a positive result.

How to treat chronic calcific tendonitis

First of all, factors of negative influence are excluded, an accurate diagnosis is made, the form of the violation and the level of its deviation from the norm are determined. Calcifying tendonitis is a serious pathology in which calcium salts are deposited in the tendon fiber. Their locations can be found by examining the results of X-rays. These formations block the elasticity of the tendon.

In this case, even a small load can lead to its rupture at any time.The healing process is aimed at restoring the elasticity of tissues with a disturbed structure. The best way to normalize diffuse nutrition is manual therapy. Positive changes appear shortly after the start of the sessions, which generally improves the clinical picture.

Tendonitis of the knee: how pathology is treated

In the clinic of Doctor Length, a complex treatment of knee joint tendinitis is used. Physiotherapy procedures are carried out. A good effect is provided by Di-Tazin therapy, in which the active substance under the action of electrophoresis penetrates into the tissues affected by the disease.Magnetotherapy and UHT accelerate cell regeneration.

Kinesio taping methods are used to fix the joint. This temporarily immobilizes the capsule, limiting its mobility during the recovery period. Manual techniques and osteopathic techniques help to improve blood microcirculation, normalize lymph flow. Remedial gymnastics restores healthy muscle tone and activates nutritional processes in the tendon. All methods are selected individually, taking into account the age and condition of the patient.

Practice has shown that effective treatment of knee tendinitis allows you to remove pain, eliminate discomfort, and neutralize stiffness in just a few sessions. The first appointment at our clinic is free, as is the initial diagnosis. The doctor will examine you and give you recommendations. Testimonials from people who have undergone treatment of knee tendonitis at the clinic of Doctor Length are the best confirmation of the effectiveness of our programs. Call us to make an appointment and get a doctor’s advice.

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Development Mechanism

Movement is provided by 2 cruciform (dorsal and frontal), 2 lateral (external and medial) and 1 patellar ligaments, functioning according to the principle of a lever-block mechanism. Intact soft tissue formations perform a restrictive function, protect against subluxation and dislocation.The former keep the lower leg from shifting to the left and right, the latter stabilize the articulation, the iliotibial tract, and provide linear movement.

Tendinitis of the ligaments of the knee joint affects that part of the ligamentous-tendon apparatus, on which the same type of load falls. It usually occurs at the attachment point to the patella or tibial muscle. Hence the name of one of the varieties: crow’s feet tendonitis. With constant stress, fatigue injury and numerous micro-tears occur, provoking a catarrhal process.Since the muscles do not have time to recover, thinning and splitting of fibers occurs, loss of mechanical strength. This leads to structural changes and popliteal tenosynovitis.


The first signs can appear at any age. However, the concerns are more common among bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, and game sports enthusiasts. Crossfit techniques and all jumping exercises that lead to tendinitis of the lateral ligaments of the knee are considered to be potentially dangerous for joints.Hence the name – “jumper’s knee”.

People 45+ have a higher risk of degenerative inflammation. The process is associated with age-related changes that develop due to impaired calcium metabolism, a decrease in collagen synthesis, and fatty bone degeneration. Inflammation of connective tissue structures is promoted by:

  • long-term use of glucocorticosteroids;

  • hamstring syndrome – microtrauma;

  • arthritis, defor

  • myositis of the knee, osteoarthritis;

  • lupus erythematosus;

  • polyarthritis;

  • gout of the knee;

  • scleroderma;

  • gonococcal infection;

  • Reiter’s syndrome.

The provoking reasons include flat feet, poor posture, anatomically incorrect location of the cups that pinch the nerves when the leg is lifted above 60 °.

Symptoms of the disease

The clinical picture is determined by the tendon affected area. Most often, due to subluxations and sprains, the patella suffers. After heavy loads at an early stage, tension arises, giving way to dull short-term pains at the bottom of the calyx or in the tubercle of the tibia.As you progress, the sensations increase. There comes a time when every leg bend is difficult. Sometimes the ingress of an infectious agent into the capsule causes suppuration, damage to the anterior cruciate bundle, nearby tissues.
Symptoms and treatment for knee tendovaginitis differ little. All signs of a catarrhal process are present in the affected area:

  • edema;

  • local temperature rise;

  • reduction in motor amplitude;

  • creaking when walking.

When deep layers are affected, acute sensations arise even with intense palpation of the medial tendon. In case of damage to the patella retainer, the pathological syndrome increases. It is difficult for a person to climb stairs, get out of a chair. If leg pain bothers during extension with deliberate resistance, this indicates a partial or total rupture of connective tissue structures and tendonitis of collateral ligaments.
The chronic form is characterized by a sluggish character.Periodic problems are caused by recurrent inflammation, loosening bone density and provoking an aseptic or infectious catarrhal process.

Local lesions and symptoms of connective tissue formations

A similar picture emerges with tendinitis of the lateral lateral ligament. In terms of incidence, inflammation is equated to a meniscus injury. Anomaly occurs:

  • after falling on a ski slope;

  • with a direct blow to the leg;

  • sharp twisting movements in the joint.

After the impact, the joint gap opens, collagen fibers are partially or completely torn. With strong puffing, the frontal cruciate bundle suffers, tendonitis of the medial collateral ligament occurs. At the moment of impact, many people hear a click or squeak. The process is accompanied by bleeding into the cavity, hematoma and other classic signs.

Problems with external lateral and dorsal cruciform bundles are less common.This happens when the leg is tucked, a strong deviation of the lower leg from the straight axis. In this case, the dislocation may be accompanied by a fracture of the fibula.


An orthopedist or traumatologist physically determines the number of damaged soft structures. When a collateral ligament is torn, the doctor performs stress tests to assess the mobility of the ankle. To clarify the treatment of knee tendonitis, he prescribes radiation diagnostics, radiography in different projections.

The methods reveal:

  • microtrauma;

  • osteochondropathy (nutritional deficiency of bone tissue) of the patella;

  • ossification and calcification zones;

  • problems in the meniscus and tibia.

For a detailed study and treatment of tenosynovitis, the knee joint is sometimes prescribed more informative examinations: CT or magnetic resonance imaging.The specialist makes the decision on the method of therapy based on the general condition of the joint and capsule.

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How to treat tendonitis of the knee joint

The therapeutic strategy is based on an integrated approach. In case of partial rupture of the medial and lateral fibers, a plaster splint is applied to the patient.Sometimes taping is performed with the application of a tape across or along the ligament, an orthosis is put on. Ice compresses are applied to relieve pain and swelling.

The conservative treatment regimen for knee tendonitis is based on taking oral NSAIDs – ibuprofen, naproxen, movalis, ibuprofen. They reduce the production of inflammatory mediators, relieve pain and expand the range of motion. An anti-inflammatory ointment is applied to the pathological area. Intra-articular injections are used in critical cases, as they provoke muscle atrophy.

Glucocorticosteroids are prescribed in the absence of a proper result after a course of NSAIDs. They are used as medicinal blockade for acute pain, injected directly into the problem area. For the treatment of symptoms of knee tendonitis of an infectious origin, agents with antimicrobial formulas are prescribed. To accelerate tissue regeneration, platelet-rich plasma is injected into the capsule.

Physiotherapist-rehabilitation therapist Irina Viktorovna Skrypova comments:

After removal of acute symptoms, the patient undergoes a course of physiotherapy.Thermal procedures – electrophoresis, iontophoresis, UHF, ozokerite-paraffin applications warm up the joints, eliminate infiltrates and inflammatory foci. In parallel, a special gymnastics is prescribed, compiled by the attending physician.

When drastic measures are taken

If therapy has not yielded results within 2 months, a surgical operation is performed. The specialist removes pathologically altered tissues, osteophytes, formed due to nutritional deficiencies in the cartilage. For this, the orthoscopic method is used, accessing the target through micro-incisions.With a purulent form, it pumps out exudate from the tendon sheath, flushes the cavity.

The open method is relevant for tendobursitis, fibrous tendonitis of the knee tendon. The doctor excises degenerative fibers with a scalpel, when pinched, shortens the lower pole of the patella, at the same time removes the cysts. In case of dysfunction of the quadriceps of the thigh, the patella is reconstructed. Postoperative recovery takes up to 3 months.

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90,000 After running, my knees hurt terribly. What is the reason and what to do?

Specialists in various fields of medicine continue to answer your questions. This time, the reader of Men’s Health had the following problem: he has been running for a long time, but suddenly his knees began to hurt. Irina Babina, a rheumatologist at the Rassvet clinic, advises what to do.

Pain in knee joints during exercise is probably the most popular complaint when patients go to doctors who deal with joint diseases.

One of the typical scenarios that one has to face looks like this: after a long absence of any loads, a person suddenly clenches his will into a fist and decides to catch up, lose weight and immediately put himself in sports form. Intense training modes. Long distance running. And suddenly – an unexpected obstacle! Severe knee pain that occurs regularly during sports.

One of the typical scenarios that one has to face looks like this: after a long absence of any loads, a person suddenly clenches his will into a fist and decides to catch up, lose weight and immediately put himself in sports form.Intense training modes. Long distance running. And suddenly – an unexpected obstacle! Severe knee pain that occurs regularly during sports.

What are the reasons?

The most common cause of these symptoms is patellofemoral pain syndrome. This “terrible” and difficult to pronounce diagnosis means pain in the front of the knee joint, in the patella (popularly called the patella), which occurs when running, squatting, walking on stairs, in a squatting position.

Another common cause of knee discomfort during exercise is osteoarthritis. In Russia, the terms “arthrosis” or “osteoarthritis” are used more often. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the articular cartilage, as a result of which it cannot cope with its protective and shock-absorbing function.

In recent years, this disease is “getting younger”, often debuting at the age of 30–40 and even earlier.

In addition to the so-called mechanical (ie, arising from exertion) pain in the knee joints, osteoarthritis causes short-term morning pain and stiffness, “starting” pain in the joints that appear at the beginning of movement, swelling of the joints.

Also, knee pain while running can be caused by inflammation of the patellar ligament (tendinitis). Figuratively, this disease is called the “jumper’s knee” because of the most typical mechanism of occurrence: during jumps, a sharp tension in the muscles of the front of the thigh leads to microfractures and damage to the patellar ligament. The maximum pain in this condition is localized under the patella. Pain occurs when running, jumping, climbing stairs, squatting.

To reduce friction in the knees, there are articular bags, or bursa, – sacs filled with fluid that form spacers between moving parts. Due to excessive load, the bursa can become inflamed – bursitis develops, another cause of pain in the knee joints.

What to do?

In all situations where playing sports causes pain in the knee joints, the first thing to do is to reconsider the training regimen: temporarily reduce the load, avoid movements that cause pain, and include exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles.In some cases, for example with osteoarthritis, it is advisable to switch to less traumatic types of stress (walking, swimming, cycling, elliptical trainers) and be sure to normalize body weight. If necessary, medications such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, diclofenac, and others) can be used. During training, you can use dynamic orthoses (knee pads) and kinesio tapes.

Intense sudden pain in the knee joint, which appeared at the peak of the load, is most likely associated with an acute injury.These can be sprains and tears of the muscles of the anterior and posterior surfaces of the thigh, tears of the menisci (shock-absorbing cartilage located inside the knee joints), ruptures of the ligaments of the knee joint.

All these conditions are characterized by acute pain and limited mobility in the knee during a fall, impact, unsuccessful landing after a jump, intense acceleration, sharp twisting in the knee joint.

What can you do in this situation before seeking medical attention? First, restrict movement and rest the injured joint.Second, apply ice or special cooling bags to the painful area. If neither one nor the other is at hand, then bags of frozen vegetables or fruits, as well as a frozen towel, can be a good alternative. If the knee is swollen, it should be in a raised position. Finally, take paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

When jogging, remember that any joint pain that occurs during exercise requires attention, careful assessment and correction.Take good care of your knees, and then playing sports will be beneficial and enjoyable.

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This pain under the kneecap while running … And now someone’s saying rushes through your head that “running has a bad effect on your knees”. But you know that this sharp pain under the knee has arisen not because running is harmful, but because something is wrong.

Today we will tell you what causes pain under the knee while running, what makes it worse, how to relieve it, and provide research-proven therapies so you can get back to running without pain as soon as possible.

First, why do runners get patellar tendonitis?

The patellar tendon is short but very wide and runs from the patella to the top of the tibia.

In general, a person needs a patella in order to create a greater mechanical advantage in the knee joint. This allows your quads to generate more knee force, which is important in any sport that involves running or jumping.

However, the result is that the patellar tendon is forced to absorb most of this load, and as a result, it is prone to injury in runners and jumpers; one study found that patellar tendonitis accounts for just under 5% of all running injuries.

Unlike other common running injuries, patellar tendonitis is more common in men than in women.

Patellar tendonitis usually begins with a feeling that the tendon has become somewhat tight, especially when running downhill or down stairs.

As with most tendon injuries, this sensation can go away as soon as you warm up, but as the injury worsens, the pain will become a constant companion during your running workouts.

It is also important to distinguish patellar tendonitis from patellofemoral pain. With tendinitis of the patellar tendonitis, you do not experience pain on the sides or over the patella and usually do not feel pain when touched.

What causes tendonitis of the knee? What makes it worse?

Because the patellar tendon absorbs such a high load, the long threads of connective tissue that make up the tendon can be damaged.

As with Achilles tendonitis, the real problem appears to be less inflammation than damage and destruction of the tendon structure as a result of repeated stress on the patellar tendon.

Unfortunately, this can cause patellar tendonitis to become chronic and plague you for months.

  • Insufficient flexibility of the muscles of the back and front of the thigh is associated with an increased risk of developing patellar tendonitis.
  • Insufficient explosive strength of the leg muscles may also be associated with this.
  • In addition, weak thigh muscles may not be able to adequately slow your downward movement during landing while running, putting more stress on the knee.

Understandably, all of this makes sense, as tight thigh muscles contribute to stiffness in the knee, which makes it difficult to bend and extend the leg at the joint.

Although the causes of patellar tendonitis are not as well understood as the causes of other injuries, fortunately there is a protocol for treating this injury that has been proven to be effective in research.

The eccentric squat program was inspired by the success of eccentric heel drops in the treatment of Achilles tendonitis.

Hypothesizing that eccentric activity prompts the body to gradually replace and re-align damaged tendon fibers, the researchers created a one-leg squat program to eccentrically load the patellar tendon.

However, they further found that this exercise was not as effective as expected, as the calf muscle instinctively assists the knee during the squat, which relieves stress on the front of the knee and the patellar tendon.

Then the researchers suggested trying eccentric squats on an incline to relieve the load on the calf muscle.

Interestingly, this could also be related to why hill running with patellar tendonitis causes more pain!

In one small but very rigorous pilot study, researchers found that an eccentric incline squat program performed in 3 sets of 15 reps 2 times a day was significantly more effective than an identical incline squat program performed on a flat surface.

As with the eccentric heel-lowering program for Achilles tendinitis, subjects doing eccentric squats on an incline were encouraged to continue the exercise even if they felt moderate pain (and only stop if the pain became severe), and to add additional weights ( dumbbells, backpack) as soon as 3 sets of 15 reps are painless.

Unfortunately, this exercise requires the use of special equipment; namely, a platform inclined at an angle of about 25 degrees.

If you have an incline calf stretcher, this is ideal. If you know how to work with a hand tool, it is not so difficult to make it yourself. Alternatively, you can simply take a piece of wood and place it with one edge on the bottom rung of a staircase or edge of the curb (as shown in the picture above).

For one repetition of the exercise, stand on an incline board with the toe of your foot pointing down. Balancing on the injured leg, slowly squat down to about 60 degrees of knee flexion.Then use your good leg to lift up to the starting position. Do not use your injured leg to return to the top position!

We remind you that moderate pain during these squats is normal. Just stop doing the exercise if the pain becomes excruciating. Once you can do the exercise without pain, add additional resistance (for example, with a backpack), and continue squatting despite moderate pain.

Other possible treatment options for tendonitis

  • In addition to an eccentric incline squat program, it makes sense to take steps to address potential tightness in the hamstrings and anterior thighs.Stretching them out several times a day is a very good idea, as well as using a massage roller to relax them. You may find that a harder massage roller or even a 7.5cm PVC tube will flex your hamstrings better, especially if you have rather muscular thighs.
  • It is also possible that a shoe with a lower heel-to-toe drop may put less stress on the patellar ligament, since running in a standard 12mm drop is similar to downhill running.If you want to experiment with a lower drop shoe, keep in mind that the load transferred to your knee will be redistributed to the forefoot, ankle and Achilles tendon, so be careful.
  • Several new pilot studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) can also stimulate tendon repair. Since the patellar tendon has poor blood supply and therefore has a reduced ability to heal itself, the idea is to speed up the healing of the injury with the help of platelet growth factors.
  • Likewise, extracorporeal shock wave therapy aims at selectively destroying tissue to accelerate healing. Although the available data indicate a fairly high safety and efficacy of ESWT for the treatment of very stubborn cases of patellar tendonitis, there is no data on the long-term effects of this procedure. And medical insurance may not cover the cost of the procedure. Talk to your doctor about PRP or ESWT if you don’t see much success with conservative treatment for several months.

Knee tendinitis treatment plan

Conservative treatment methods

These methods are cheap, affordable, and you can use them at home whenever you want. You should try to do as many procedures as possible from the list below every day.

1. Eccentric Incline Squat – 3 sets of 15 reps, 2 times a day. It’s okay if reclining squats are a little painful, but the pain shouldn’t be excruciating.Once you can complete all 3 sets without pain, add extra resistance using a backpack. Return to the starting position using your good leg. You will need to find, make or use an impromptu incline platform to do this exercise, but it will be worth it as incline squats are much more effective than flat squats.

2. Applying ice after every run.

3. Gently stretching the muscles of the back and front of the thigh several times a day.

4. Deep massage of the muscles of the back and front of the thighs using a special roller, PVC pipe or stick.

Aggressive treatments

These procedures are slightly more expensive or time-consuming and are only recommended if you suffer from chronic patellar tendinitis pain and conservative treatments do not work for you.

1. Consider running with lower heels to transfer stress from your knee to your foot, calf and ankle.Use caution if you have had foot or ankle injuries in the past.

2. Consult a podiatrist about platelet-rich plasma injections or extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

Return to Run

A standard eccentric incline squat program lasts 12 weeks before you can return to athletic activity.

But one encouraging study of volleyball players who trained and competed during a rehabilitation program and still showed good treatment success rates indicates that you can return to running as soon as the patellar tendon is ready to handle the training load (which is likely will depend on the severity of the injury).

This means that a minor injury may only require a couple of days off, while a more serious injury may require a longer break from running.

If you need to take a break from running, don’t panic! Cross-training will keep you in shape. In any case, remember that it is better to take a few days off to calm your knee than to be out of action for 6 weeks.

If you want to safely resume running training, it’s always best to work with a doctor or physical therapist, if possible.

Volleyball Knee Injury

“Jumper’s knee” – tendonitis of the patellar ligament

Knee injuries are perhaps the most common among volleyball players. They can be sharp and fatiguing, while the latter are more frequent. The most common fatigue knee injury in volleyball players is patellar tendonitis , also referred to as the jumper’s knee. It is characterized at first by pain in the insertion site or in the quadriceps tendon in the region of the upper or lower pole of the patella, as an option, in the region of the tibial tuberosity (see.drawing). Then persistent severe pain appears, which is the reason to stop sports activities, otherwise a complete rupture of the patellar tendon may occur. With the “jumper’s knee” pain can occur after physical activity, immediately with the start of training, or immediately, but disappear as soon as the muscles are warmed up.

“Jumper’s knee” is observed in almost half of male volleyball players. The reason is degenerating phenomena, some degeneration, the presence of microscopic scars in the tendon tissues, especially where the tendon connects to the bone.Also among the causes of the onset of the disease can be called disorganization of collagen filaments and a change in the morphology of tenocytes, but the mechanism of tendonitis is still not reliably known until the end.

In women, the “jumper’s knee” is much less common, in addition, injury occurs more often when playing in the hall than on the beach on the sand . Tendinitis also occurs more often in those athletes who play volleyball regularly, at least once a week. It is not uncommon for the disease to occur with a sharp increase in physical activity, for example, when moving from a junior level of play to a professional one with daily training.Some experts believe that the “jumper’s knee” is more common in athletes who jump higher and then squat more deeply upon landing, thus flexing the knee significantly. In addition, the disease is more common in athletes with greater body weight and body volumes, or rather, the ratio of volumes to each other.

Normal playing technique is “correct” coordination of the opposing muscles around the joint, while maintaining a balance between muscle strength and extensibility.

Another study of this problem showed that the “jumper’s knee” can be caused by an imbalance in the leg extensor muscles. The more often the athlete jumps and lands, the more fatigue in the joints increases due to the fact that the knee joints begin to be pulled back. The reason for this is the emerging imbalance in the strength and flexibility of those muscles that control the movement of the hip joints, and this imbalance manifested itself more and more as we continued training or playing.

Abducting the knee joint back during play or training leads to the following problems.This can be a lateral displacement of the patella or deformation (most often – stretching) of the medial components of the joint, as well as an asymmetric load on the tendon of the patella or quadriceps muscle, especially in the areas of insertion. The first and second most likely will lead to chondropathy and chondromalacia, the third – to the development of the “jumper’s knee” in its classic version.

Abductive load on the knee during jumps and landings can arise not only due to improper playing technique, but also as a result of the athlete’s anatomical features – the valgus of the rear sector of the foot, varus of its anterior sector, as well as excessive pronation of the ankle joint.

How to treat a jumper’s knee injury ? First, conservative treatment is necessary – providing rest and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Lack of physical activity is a prerequisite for treatment, otherwise the disease will go into a chronic stage, which can be cured exclusively by surgery.

Damage to the ACL – anterior cruciate ligament

Rupture of the ACL – the anterior cruciate ligament is not common in volleyball compared to other sports.ACL limits the displacement of the anterior part of the tibia and provides nearly 85% of the total effort in the knee joint. Poor work of this ligament leads to the development of deforming arthrosis, and the athlete cannot play sports at a professional level. Treatment is of a surgical nature, and an athlete after the operation must not go in for sports for at least six months to eight months.

High frequency volleyball jumps and landings can result in anterior cruciate ligament injury.Women and men are equally injured, although some studies indicate a different distribution: in about 15% of cases, men are injured versus 85% of women’s injuries. If we talk about the number of ACL injuries in the total number of volleyball injuries, then this is 4% among male injuries and 8% among women.

Osgood-Schlatter disease

In young athletes with their incompletely formed skeletal system, the bones are more pliable, the cartilage is softer, and the ligaments, on the contrary, are more powerful.Therefore, if some load in an adult athlete leads to a rupture of a tendon or ligament, then in a junior a similar load can cause a fracture of the apophysis or pineal gland. If the treatment is not carried out correctly, there will be a violation of bone development – Osgood-Schlatter disease. This disease was first described at the very beginning of the 20th century. It occurs most often in boys between the ages of 11 and 15. The reason is an injury (rupture) of the patellar ligament in the area where the ligament is attached to the tuberosity of the tibia.Symptoms of the disease are pain and some localized swelling of the soft tissue.

The X-ray shows changes in the ligament in different ways, and it depends on the age of the injured person and at what stage the disease is. The picture should be taken in a lateral projection, while the limb should be slightly turned inward. The picture should be deciphered by an experienced physician, taking into account the structure and degree of ossification of the tibial tuberosity. The picture must be taken several times, after some periods of time.During the period when the tuberosity is still completely cartilaginous, the image may not reveal any changes, but after a couple of weeks the image may show areas of ossification or even a torn off fragment. In older patients with already formed centers of ossification, changes can be seen immediately.

When the disease progresses to the chronic stage, the swelling of soft tissues will decrease, those pieces of bone that have undergone changes may slightly increase in size – the phase of enchodral ossification begins, as an option, a callus is formed.Torn off fragments of bone can eventually connect to each other, as well as attach to the tuberosity, which can also increase in size and cause discomfort, and in especially severe cases, even come off.

Treatment of the disease should include rest, walking solely with crutches, applying ice, and medication against swelling or inflammation. Even before the symptoms of the disease disappear, a program for the complete rehabilitation of the quadriceps muscle should be started.Usually, by the end of adolescence, the disease usually disappears completely and without a trace. However, especially severe cases of the disease require surgical intervention. There may be complications – the tuberosity of the tibia does not grow together, the knee becomes concave, the patellar ligament is shortened, in particular cases – chondromalacia and subluxation of the patellar ligament.

Knee injury prevention measures

  1. Correct warm-up before volleyball.
  2. Correct technique.The athlete should change the jumping and landing technique so that the load on the patella ligaments is minimal. This can be achieved by reducing the hallux valgus during the jump, which involves the athlete trying to keep his feet together during the jump. During landings after a jump, you should try not to squat hard.
  3. Correct training. During training, practicing jumping on a hard floor should be minimized, while the load, duration and frequency of training should be increased gradually.
  4. Correct rehabilitation. Only after the consequences of the injury have passed completely, the athlete can start training. Otherwise, there is a possibility that it will not be possible to avoid repeated injury, in addition, previously earned tendonitis can turn into a chronic form. Do not forget about special exercises that help strengthen the patellar ligaments.
  5. Correct band. The world’s leading rehabilitation therapists advise wearing special knee pads equipped with a special ring during the rehabilitation period, although no detailed research has been carried out on this topic.

Prevention of volleyball injuries of the ACL – the anterior cruciate ligament also has some of its own characteristics. To prevent such injuries, the athlete should try to land on the legs bent at the knees after the jump. At the same time, it is forbidden to strongly bend the knees in order to avoid the development of tendonitis, so that landing does not end with a deep squat and overstrain of the patellar ligaments. This applies to both defensive play and attacks.

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