Jumper’s Knee

Patellar tendinitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is an injury that usually occurs when the patellar tendon is subjected to significant repetitive or prolonged overload. This overload causes irritation of the tendon and it can become painful.

This condition mainly affects people who perform activities involving jumping, running, or speeding.

Typically, this injury occurs during a period where training intensity and/or volume has been increased too quickly with inadequate recovery.

The patellar tendon is the main structure involved in this condition. This tendon is a band of connective tissue whose function is to attach the lower part of the patella to the tibia. It is tensed when thigh muscles, such as the quadriceps, contract during activity, or in positions where the knee is bent.

Patellar tendinopathy can produce, but is not limited to, pain in the front of the knee, difficulty in weight bearing and squatting, and swelling.

Treatment of jumper’s knee consists of Class IV Laser Therapy, management of any biomechanics stresses in the area and exercise rehabilitation to address any weaknesses that can be putting undue stress on the area. 



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