Jumper’s knee Treatment

What is jumper's knee?

Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition that leads to inflammation of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon connects the knee cap to the shin bone. When overuse occurs, the tendon can form tiny tears that lead to jumper’s knee.

SYMPTOMS OF JUMPER’S KNEE

Depending on the grade of the injury, you may experience varying symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are listed below:

  • Pain beneath your kneecap when moving

  • Swelling

  • Bruising or redness

  • Stiffness of the knee while jumping, kneeling, or squatting

  • Leg or calf weakness

  • Pain when bending the knee

Causes

WHAT CAUSES JUMPER’S KNEE?

  • Physical activity. Running and jumping are most commonly associated with patellar tendinitis. Sudden increases in the intensity or frequency you engage in activity also add stress to the tendon.

  • Tight leg muscles. Tight quadriceps and hamstrings can increase strain on your patellar tendon.

  • Muscular imbalance. If some muscles in your legs are much stronger than others, the stronger muscles could pull harder on your patellar tendon. This uneven pull could cause tendinitis.

  • Chronic illness. Some illnesses disrupt blood flow to the knee, which weakens the tendon. Examples include kidney failure, autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

SIMILAR CONDITIONS

  • Meniscus Tears
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patella Chondromalacia (Patellofemoral Syndrome)

A person with a meniscus tear will have pain along the joint line. The pain is usually more lateral or medial than jumper’s knee, but on occasion the pain can be in the middle. Patients usually complain of clicking or popping in their knee.

Inflammation of the fat pad lies deeper than the patellar tendon. Symptoms can be similar to jumper’s knee, but pain is around the tendon, and not on it. Treatment for fat pad syndrome is usually the same as Jumper’s Knee.

A Patellar tendon rupture is a tear of the tendon that connects the knee cap to the tibia bone. This type of injury is caused by significant force such as falling directly on the knee or jumping from a tall height.  A pop may be felt when it occurs and the patient will have sudden, severe pain in the front of their knee.

A person with Patellofemoral Syndrome will also have anterior knee pain. Pain is most noticeable when going up and down stairs. The pain is usually felt above where jumper’s knee occurs

DIAGNOSIS

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to be evaluated by a medical provider. The diagnosis for a knee injury will usually start with a medical history and a physical examination. The medical provide will evaluate your range of motion, look for swelling and check for other common signs of injury. If deemed necessary after an examination, they may order further imaging. An X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can give a detailed image of the joint and soft tissue around it.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • Physical Rehab

    Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, consists of powerful growth factors that provide enormous healing and regenerative benefits. PRP therapy involves separating the protein-rich platelets from your blood. The plasma is then injected into your soft tissue at the point of the pain or injury, through guided ultrasound. The PRP boosts your body’s own healing process to promote new cell growth and healing.

  • Stem Cell Injection

    If your Jumper’s Knee is not healing after conservative measures, Stem Cell Therapy may be an option that can keep you out of surgery and reduce your pain. Our stem cells are harvested from healthy, donated umbilical cords. By injecting stem cells directly into the damaged area, they can help to repair damaged tissue, speed up the healing process, reduce inflammation and improve function.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is important to get evaluated by a medical provider.  Synergy Medical in Bradenton could be the best solution to your knee pain. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more information!  941-755-9355