Pateller Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee)

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Pateller Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee)

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

Very common in people returning to sport form a long break, a change in training surfaces, this is a common and challenging condition to treat.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

Associated with degenerative condition of the tendon that attaches the kneecap to the shin bone.  Due to a change in activity demands the tendon slowly becomes less able to cope with the forces placed through it.  This causes microscopic damage to the tendon that is totally normal in manageable levels.  The problem comes when the there is insufficient recovery until the next time the tendon is placed under significant stress.  This amounts to a gradual decline in the tendon condition and ultimately pain.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Pain on jumping, bounding, squatting, running
  • Gradual onset usually
  • Can be associated with an acute tear or ripping sensation also but this is rare.
  • Pain directly at the bottom of the kneecap.

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Subjective questioning considering age and any changes in activity levels.
  • Clinical assessment to clear other potential causes of pain
  • Ultrasound and MRI scan can help but are not a 100% accurate for this condition.

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

Outline the usual treatment approaches, but not in too great a detail. So for shoulder impingement we would mention need to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, the scapular muscles, stretch pecs and lats etc. Along within some cases injection may be useful, and if all this hasn’t worked then potential surgery.

Again, just informing the reader what treatments / options they should expect to be given / offered, but not actually prescribing any treatments as we would be liable for this.

If we mention any exercises then you should list them below, and we can make a movie about each one.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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