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Patellar Tendinitis Treatment

Patellar Tendinitis

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain around your kneecap, your doctor may diagnose patellar tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendon running from your kneecap to your shinbone. 


While this injury can be painful and annoying, physical therapy can help relieve the pain and discomfort and get you back to normal activities as soon as possible. Here are some quick facts about patellar tendinitis and tips on how Pinnacle Physical Therapy can help treat it!

Causes of patellar tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis is a common type of tendon pain affecting athletes who participate in jumping sports such as basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis and other activities where quick starts and stops repeatedly place stress on the knees. Wearing shoes with little or no arch support can also cause patellar tendinitis by placing additional pressure on your feet. Book a free scan now!


This condition is typically seen in younger people because their bones are still growing and developing, but it can affect people of all ages. Most often, patellar tendinitis occurs when there’s an imbalance between what your quadriceps muscles (the muscles at the front of your thighs) are doing compared to what your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of your thighs) are doing. It may also be caused by overuse or repetitive motion overloading your knees. This can lead to inflammation in a tendon connecting your kneecap to your shinbone. 


Both men and women can develop patellar tendinitis, but it is more common in women because they have wider pelvises than men do, which means their knees have farther to travel during activities like running or jumping.

Symptoms of patellar tendinitis

Pain on one or both sides of your kneecap, especially when you extend your knee or during physical activity. Patellar tendinitis can also cause your kneecap to lock or give out as you walk up stairs or ramps. You may notice a popping sensation when running or jumping. You may have swelling in and around your kneecap.

How does physical therapy treat patellar tendinitis?

Physical therapy can be beneficial for people suffering from patellar tendinitis. Physical therapists provide treatments, which may help reduce inflammation, increase flexibility of the tendon tissue and decrease pain.

The Journey to Recovery

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At Pinnacle Physical Therapy, we have experience treating patellar tendinitis as well as other knee conditions. We utilize physical therapy exercises to strengthen your knees while reducing symptoms. Our therapists will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets your specific injury. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal function and prevent future injuries. 


To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, call us today.

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