Do you regularly exercise or take part in sporting activities? Though good for your overall health, taking part in certain sports can make you prone to damaging your knee. Are you aware of the 5 common patellar tendinitis symptoms? Take a look below to find out more. 

Patellar tendonitis, also known as Jumpers Knee, is caused when too much stress is placed on your patellar tendon. This tendon lies just below your kneecap (the patella) which is a loose, moveable bone.

The patella is covered with articular cartilage, a smooth spongy material that covers many joint surfaces in your body. Patellar tendinitis is usually associated with sports injuries, especially those involving an awkward landing from a jumping position.

More commonly, patellar tendinitis tends to come on gradually rather than being caused by a particular incident. Generally, the cause is wear and tear. It can also be caused by doing jobs that involve lifting or carrying heavy loads. Degeneration of the tendon can also occur as you get older.

At first, the damage may be slight and not cause any problems. However, when the damage gets worse, signs and symptoms begin to develop. If left untreated, the condition gets increasingly worse.

Below are 5 common symptoms of Patellar Tendinitis.

5 Common Patellar Tendinitis Symptoms

1. Pain

Pain is the first symptom. Depending on the nature of the injury, it can occur in one or both knees.

  • You will feel pain just below your kneecap over the patella tendon. This is where the tendon attaches to your shinbone (tibia).
  • Onset is usually gradual. At first, you may feel pain only as you begin a physical activity e.g. jumping, running, squatting, cycling, or following an intense workout. It can then worsen to the point that it interferes when you are engaged in exercise or a sporting activity. Eventually, it interferes with your daily activities such as climbing stairs, getting up from a chair, or when driving for long periods. This happens because the patellar tendon is used every time you extend your knee and these activities involve that movement.

 

 

2. Tenderness

You may feel localized tenderness over the patella tendon when any pressure is put on the tendon e.g. touching, kneeling.

3. Swelling and Bruising

There may be signs of swelling or bruising at the front of your knee. This is caused by blood or synovial fluid collecting around the joint.

 

4. Stiffness

The area around your knee may feel stiff especially first thing in the morning.

 

5. Thickening

There may be visible thickening of the tendon compared to the unaffected side.

 

Patellar tendinitis is a condition that occurs in people who do a lot of exercises such as running or cycling, or who are involved in athletics. But it can also occur in people doing certain jobs and in older people.

The symptoms tend to come on gradually and get worse over time. Ignoring them can lead to further damage and possible rupture of the tendon so it’s important to see your doctor when symptoms develop.  Being aware of patellar tendinitis symptoms means you will recognize the problem sooner and be able to get treatment earlier.

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