Video presented by Grant Cooper, MD
This video accompanies: Causes of Knee Pain Video
Patellar Tendinitis is a cause of knee pain. The patellar tendon attaches the knee cap to the shin bone (tibia). Patellar tendinitis is an inflammation of that tendon. It’s also commonly referred to as "jumper’s knee" because a lot of people who participate in sports that involve a lot of jumping such as basketball or volleyball can be more prone to developing patellar tendinitis. Definitely, it’s important to note that you don’t have to be in an activity that involves jumping to develop patellar tendinitis, it can happen at any point.
Addressing patellar tendinitis often rests on physical therapy, and addressing the entire kinetic chain and the biomechanics. It often revolves around eccentric strengthening of the quadriceps, but really, it’s important to look at the individual’s biomechanical issues, such as whether or not there are tight hip flexors, tight iliotibial band, and addressing the biomechanics to take the pressure of the tendon to strengthen the quadriceps so that it goes away and stays away.