Knee Tendonitis – Frisco, TX
The knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They have extensive experience in providing surgical as well as non-surgical treatment for Knee Tendonitis

Knee Tendonitis

Knee Tendonitis, also known as Patellar Tendonitis or Jumper’s Knee, is an overuse injury caused by repetitive activities placing strain on the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon is responsible for providing extension to the knee muscles. The condition is characterized by inflammation in patellar tendon which may make it difficult to carry out routine activities involving the knee joint.

Causes Of Knee Tendonitis

  • Prolonged or repeated activities involving knee
  • Trauma to the knee
  • Landing from a jump on hard surfaces
  • Sudden increase in speed while running
  • Repeated running, jumping, squatting, kicking and hopping activities
  • Due to high force on patellar tendon

Symptoms Of Knee Tendonitis

  • Pain that becomes intense gradually
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness in the knee
  • Pain that aggravates by walking or standing
  • Weakness
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Loss of stability
  • Inability to bend the knee
  • Crackling sound

Diagnosis Of Knee Tendonitis

An orthopedic doctor may physically examine the knee and ask the patient about the situations that led to injury. He may also inquire about the routine stress knee is subjected to. The doctor may recommend MRI scan or ultrasound to assess the severity of the damage caused to the patella.

Treatment For Knee Tendonitis

The orthopedic physician may recommend various treatment options depending upon the severity of knee damage.

  • Rest:  The doctor may ask the patient to take sufficient rest to the affected area for providing relief from pain and swelling.
  • Ice and warm therapy: Application of ice packs may help in reducing swelling. A warm towel can also be placed on the affected area to relieve pain.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to eliminate pain.
  • Stretches: Stretching hamstrings, quads and hips muscles, as recommended by the doctor can prevent the condition from worsening. These stretches can also ease the tightness in the muscles.
  • Knee straps: Using knee straps, as recommended by the doctor, can alleviate stress on the patellar tendon.
  • Physical therapy: Some specific exercises may be suggested by a physical therapist to help the knee regain its lost strength and range of motion.
  • Surgery: In case of severe injury, the patient may be asked to undergo a surgery, in which the damaged tissues are removed to increase the blood flow to the damaged area. The torn tendon is repaired surgically.

Post-surgery, the patient may have to follow a rehabilitation program to return to daily activities.

The knee surgeons at the OrthoTexas, Frisco provide complete diagnosis and treatment for Knee Tendonitis. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.