Patellar Tendinitis

Patellar Tendinitis is inflammation of the patellar tendon located directly below the knee cap.

What is Patellar Tendinitis?

Inflammation of the patellar tendon located directly below the knee cap.

What Causes Patellar Tendinitis?

  • Overuse of muscles.
  • Most common in sports with jumping (basketball, volleyball).

What are the Symptoms of Patellar Tendinitis?

  • Pain in the front of the knee with no injury.
  • Typically pain begins after activity, eventually occurs during activity.
  • Constant knee pain occurs as condition worsens.

What Can I Do to Feel Better?

  • Rest - avoid activities that increase pain.
  • Stretching of thigh and lower leg muscles.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When Should I See a Medical Professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.