A  A  A   Print
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)Tendinitis Rotuliana (rodilla de saltador)

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

What is jumper's knee?

Anatomy of the knee joint
Click Image to Enlarge

Jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to shin bone (tibia). The condition may be caused by overuse of the knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.

What are the symptoms of jumper's knee?

The following are the most common symptoms of jumper's knee. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness around the patellar tendon

  • Swelling

  • Pain with jumping, running, or walking

  • Pain with bending or straightening the leg

  • Tenderness behind the lower portion of the kneecap

The symptoms of jumper's knee may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How is jumper's knee diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for jumper's knee may include a radiograph of the knee to rule out a problem coming from the bones rather than the patellar tendon. This would involve a negative image of the knee, taken with photographic film, using exposure to X-rays or gamma rays passing through matter or tissue in the body.

Treatment for jumper's knee

Specific treatment for jumper's knee will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history

  • Extent of the condition

  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • Expectations for the course of the condition

  • Your opinion or preference

The best course of treatment for jumper's knee is to discontinue any activity that is causing the condition, until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

  • Rest

  • Ice pack application (to reduce swelling)

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

 
Today's Interactive Tools

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of phoebeputney.com is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.

Follow us online:

© 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System  |  417 Third Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31701  |  Telephone 877.312.1167

Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.