Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee)

Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee)


Patellar tendinitis is an overuse injury of the patellar tendon of the knee.  The large quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh attach on to this very strong tendon.  This repetitive strain causes pain and swelling at the front of the knee below the knee cap which is felt when the knee is bent or straightened or with jumping, running or walking.  If left untreated, the tendon can get weak (tendonitis) and tears can occur.

This injury is usually sport-related, hence the name, however, any activity which encourages frequent forceful leg muscle contraction such as jumping - especially on hard surfaces - can lead to inflammation and pain of the patellar tendon.  Sports at risk to this injury are such basketball, volleyball, running and even things like too many lunges in the gym or poor posture when doing weighted squats.

Osteopathic treatment of this condition is multi-factorial in that we must treat the quadriceps muscles as well as the tendon itself and then go on to look at the mechanics of the whole leg and even the pelvis.  We then give advice on training regimes and supply stretches and exercises to strengthen the quadriceps and their tendon.  We devise a staged return to exercise program at the same time as treating to prevent reoccurrence of the injury once the sport/activity is resumed.  With a careful partnership between osteopathic treatment and the patient following the rehab program, soon full training can be resumed and patients can get back to enjoying their favourite sport.

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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic

The Lords wood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access. The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).