Before our practitioners can determine the appropriate solution for your specific knee injury treatment, they will thoroughly assess you with standard medical, Orthopedic and special Osteopathic tests.
Most people have had a minor knee injury at one time or another. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it’s not surprising that knee injury symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Knee injury and pain most often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.
The patella tendon is located between the patella (kneecap) and the bony prominence on the shin known as the tibial tuberosity.
Due to its attachment locations the patella tendon helps to carry out a kicking motion, as it allows the force from the quadriceps muscles to cross the knee joint.
Patella tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. This condition is also known as ‘jumper’s knee’ as it is most commonly seen in athletes who jump repeatedly.
Patella Tendonitis – Causes
It is caused by repetitive overload of the tendon, where the body cannot heal the small damage unless the aggravating activity is stopped.
Patella tendonitis usually presents with pain over the tendon itself. It can be tender and swollen and crepitis or ‘crunching’ may be noticed upon activity. Aggravating activities include jumping, kneeling or kicking.
A common recommendation is the RICE-protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
It is important to rest during this condition and to eliminate aggravating activities so that healing can begin. Pain and swelling can be decreased with an icing regime, or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended by your osteopath.
After progressing with treatment it is important to strengthen the quadriceps muscles and associated tendons by completing eccentric muscle strengthening programmes.
If you have any questions in regards to this condition do not hesitate to call our team to arrange an appointment.
For more information on how our team can help you, or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9470 1010.
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