The term tendonitis refers to inflammation of the tendons.
The tendons and the other structures in the knee joint are regularly exposed to various ranges of wear and tear. The patellar tendonitis is the commonest type of tendonitis of the knee and is also referred to as knee tendonitis in some cases. Another common name used to denote patellar tendonitis is jumper’s knee. Athletes involved in sports such as running, jumping and other movements of the legs that put high pressure on the knees or result in extensive usage of the knee joint are more prone to knee tendonitis. It is also commonly seen in middle to older aged adults, and those who perform repetitive tasks that involve the knees.
Tendonitis Knee Pain Symptoms
• Pain, tenderness, or soreness below the knee cap upon palpation
• The pain is aggravated with movement that involves muscles located on the front of the thigh such as running, kicking, stooping, squatting or climbing stairs.
• A dull ache or pain below the knee cap once activity has stopped. Eventually if the problem persists then there will be a constant ache and it will often make it difficult to sleep at night.
• Possible swelling below the knee cap
Tendonitis Knee Pain Causes
If the patellar tendon is chronically strained then tendonitis (tendinitis) in the knee may develop over time. There are number of reasons why an individual develops tendonitis in the knee.
• Being overweight
• Poor circulation
• Tight, inflexible, improperly stretched quadriceps muscles
• Muscle imbalances in the quadriceps muscles
• Being bowlegged or knock-kneed
• Intense, prolonged physical activity that puts strain on the knees
Tendonitis Knee Treatment
Instead of masking the symptoms of tendonitis knee pain with anti- inflammatory pills or cortisone shots Laser Knee Program treats the root of the problem without drugs, knee injections, or knee surgery. We utilize the latest FDA Cleared Class IV Lasers, and combines that with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles around the knee joint, and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function of the knee.
Identifying and reducing risk factors in sports in especially important in young athletes. A review published in “The Adolescent Athlete” journal found that up to 50% go injuries could be avoided with preventative measures for youth participating in sport. Some key items to consider when looking at preventing injuries include:
- A pre-season screening program to identify muscle imbalances, weakness, previous injury locations and progress of healing at those sites. Waiting for an injury in-season is cuter productive for all athletes but especially young ones.
- An off-season general strength and conditioning program. This should be aimed at maximizing an athletes general movement skills, sport specific injury prevention through balance and strength and general mobility.
- Awareness of how growth affects athletes from not only a performance point of view but also how growth impacts muscles, strength and co-ordination, especially in the lower limbs.
- Awareness of how specific skill sets impact the body through repetitive stress and how to prevent that stress through load management, practice balance and body awareness.
- Early intervention is always the best course of action when dealign with a young athlete. At first sign of dysfunction, even without pain a professional should be consulted to ensure prevention of exacerbation on the condition. “Toughing it out” leads to more issues down the line.
- Understanding that pain is not a “normal part of sport”. The old adage “No pain, no gain” needs to be scrubbed from the sporting world. Play and practice smarter and pain can be avoided in all sports.
If you are a coach, parent or athlete looking for more information on these or any sports injury related items, feel free to contact us at any time.
Myofascial trigger points form in a muscle due to overload stress. A portion of muscle fibers lock up into a knot. Once formed these points will irritate sensory nerves that are in proximity to the knot. When this happens,
trigger points have the capacity to refer pain along specific distributions or patterns that are well mapped out. sometimes pain may be felt at a great distance away from the actual point itself.
Trigger points are knots of contracted muscle or connective tissue that form as a result of overload stress. Once formed these points will produce pain, refered pain, weakness, and stiffness. Trigger points can also mimic other conditions such as Carple tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Trigger points will on go away on their own, they must be manually released.
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The trapezius muscle is a large diamond shaped muscle located in your back. This muscle is often overloaded due to poor sitting posture or excessive exercise. When this occurs trigger points will form. These points can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain. Trigger points in the upper traps are a leading cause of headache.