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:
WHAT CAUSES JUMPER’S KNEE?
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
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.