Patellar Tendinitis :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Patellar Tendinitis

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?

  • 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.

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