Patellar Tendonitis Specialist in New Jersey
Patellar tendonitis, more commonly referred to as Jumper’s Knee, occurs most commonly in athletes that participate in sports that involve frequent jumping. The injury causes pain in the tendon that attaches the knee cap to the shin bone, or tibia. Patellar tendonitis can be a difficult ailment to treat, and requires an extended period of rest and rehabilitation. In severe cases of patellar tendonitis, surgical repair may be required.
The exact cause of patellar tendonitis, or jumper’s knee, remains unclear to medical professionals. This type of tendonitis does not display the normal inflammation that is common to a true tendonitis. Research has found that the anterior fibers of the patellar tendon take on a greater mechanical role and bear more tension than other tendons in the knee. Athletes who are experiencing knee discomfort and instability are most susceptible to this ailment, which can be brought on by overuse of the knee in the form of repetitive jumping. Sports such as basketball, volleyball, and track and field tend to have the most participants who suffer from jumper’s knee.
Jumper’s knee can be painful and tender. Pain is often felt in the bottom front region of the knee cap, over what is known as the lower pole of the patella. The lower portion of the patella can be very tender following this injury and aching and stiffness is common following physical activity when the quadriceps muscles are engaged. Patellar tendonitis is diagnosed in four different grades. Grade one is when the patient only experiences pain following training or activity. Grade two is where the pain occurs before and after training or activity, but subsides after the knee is “warmed-up.” Grade three jumper’s knee involves pain that limiting athletic performance during training or games, and grade four is a chronic, persistent pain that occurs in day to day activities. While many athletes are able to play through the pain of jumper’s knee, if left untreated, it can become very difficult to treat and may require surgical correction.
Treatment for patellar tendonitis varies based on the grade of the injury. In less severe instances, a cold therapy routine mixed with rest from training and reduced jumping activities can help the tendonitis heal over time. In more severe cases, long rest periods and surgery may be required to get the athletes back to the level where they wish to perform at. Many who have suffered from jumper’s knee in the past wear what is known as a jumper’s knee strap, which eases pain and strain on the patellar tendon. The strap is worn just below the knee, changing the angle in which the tendon and patella meet. More severe cases that are treated at NJOI may receive treatment in the form of ultrasound or laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as aid the healing process.
Not being able to participate in a sport where you’ve been training so long and so hard can be a difficult thing to handle, but NJOI can help get you on the road to recovery so that your athletic career can continue pain-free. NJOI has 6 locations throughout Northern and Central New Jersey, so treatment is never far from home. Our offices are located in Morristown, Bridgewater, Clifton, Butler, and Wayne. Call us today at 973-273-3431 to meet with a NJOI doctor to discuss your jumper’s knee concerns.
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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