Popliteus Tendinitis – Frisco, TX
Popliteus Tendinitis or tenosynovitis, is a painful condition that affects the knee joint. It affects the popliteus muscle which is found at the back of the leg and its main function is to unlock the knee. The popliteus tendon (a thick band of tissue) connects this muscle to the thigh bone and the tibia and helps in walking and standing. This is not a commonly occurring condition. The condition may become chronic if not treated well in time.

The strain can be categorized as follows depending on the severity of the condition

  • Level 1 strain: pain is felt in the knee but there is no lengthening of the tendon
  • Level 2 strain: stretching of the ligament results in its lengthening
  • Level 3: the tendon is completely torn due to stress

Causes Of Popliteus Tendinitis

  • Indulging in athletic activities
  • Past injuries caused to any part of the knee joint
  • Stress or strain caused to the tendon which causes inflammation
  • Overuse of the joint
  • Having flat feet increases the chances of such injuries
  • Excessive walking or running downhill
  • Inherent weakness of the supporting muscles and joint
  • Inadequate warm up before an activity
  • Inward rolling of the feet

Symptoms Of Popliteus Tendinitis

  • Pain in the lateral or posterior parts of the knee
  • Symptoms are aggravated with bending, rotation and stretching of the knee
  • Tenderness near the affected joint
  • Swelling
  • The joint is sensitive to touch
  • Impaired physical movement due to tearing of the tendon in some cases
  • Crepitation- a cracking sound is felt or heard when the knee is moved

Diagnosis Of Popliteus Tendinitis

  • Physical evaluation of the affected joint by an orthopedic
  • X-ray imaging
  • MRI or CT scan to determine the severity of injury and if any damage to the surrounding soft tissues has occurred
  • Details of the patient’s lifestyle, activities and past injuries are taken into consideration

Treatment For Popliteus Tendinitis

  • Rest the affected joint by keeping it elevated at chest level. Avoid any stress causing physical activity for the next 6 weeks
  • Apply ice packs at regular interval to combat swelling and internal inflammation. It also eases out the pain
  • Soft knee strap, sleeve or bandage may be used for compression
  • Specific knee strengthening and stretching exercises may be recommended to keep the joint stable and flexible. These may include wall squats, hamstring stretches, hip-flexor stretches and quadriceps stretches
  • Prescription of pain killers and anti inflammatory medicines
  • People with flat feet are required to use arch support
  • Heat therapy may be helpful

If the symptoms do not resolve with the above mentioned therapies, surgery may be opted for. This involves removal of the tendon sheath to reduce pressure caused by inflammation