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 shin bone (tibia). Jumper’s knee weakens your tendon, and, if untreated, can lead to tears in your tendon.
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.
Following are the most common symptoms of jumper's knee. However, you may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of jumper's knee may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, your healthcare provider may use 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. Other treatment may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider: