Patella Tendinosis

What is it?

  • The Patella tendon is the tendon that joins the knee cap to the shin bone
  • With overuse of the quadriceps muscles and this tendon the tendon can become inflamed and painful.

What do I look for?

  • Dull pain at the base of the knee cap or the prominence on shin bone (tibial tubercle), where the tendon attach.
  • Tightness and/or tenderness in the quadriceps muscle
  • Pain with running, squatting, jumping, kneeling and/or kicking
  • Often starts gradually over a period of a few weeks and increases over time.
  • Soreness lasting after activity and is eased with rest.
  • What causes it?
  • Tightness in the quadriceps muscles
  • Overuse of the quadriceps muscles
  • Overtraining

When do you see someone for help?
Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan. Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.

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