Jumper’s Knee/Patellar Tendinopathy

Jumper’s knee is pain in the tendon that attaches the knee cap (patella) to the shin bone (tibia), known as the patellar tendon.  The patellar tendon is extremely strong and will transfer the entire force of the quadriceps (thigh muscles) to the shin bone to straighten the knee in jumping, as well as controlling the landing.

As such, this tendon comes under a large amount of stress especially in individuals who perform activities involving repeated changes of direction and jumping.  With repeated strain, micro-trauma may occur in the tendon, and ultimately lead to pain. Symptoms may include:

Pain at the bottom of the kneecap

Aching and stiffness after activity or after prolonged rest

Pain when contracting the quadriceps (thigh muscles)

Swelling of the tendon

There may be some associated weakness in the thigh or calf muscles.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, you should stop the activities that aggravate your knee pain and organise an assessment with a Chartered Physiotherapist.  Depending on the assessment findings, treatment may include:

Activity modification – to reduce the amount of weight-bearing activity whilst the knee is recovering

Manual therapy – to lengthen and desensitise any painful, shortened structures as a result of the injury

Specific Exercise – to gradually re-strengthen the knee, whilst minimising aggravation

Taping/Strapping – to provide pain relief and support to the knee during recovery.

Biomechanical correction of the leg and foot with supportive insoles and advice on footwear.

Treatment of Jumper’s Knee is slow and may take a number of months to recover.  Therefore, it is recommended to have an assessment as soon as possible to avoid delay in recovery.

If you require any further information or advice then please contact us.