Patellar tendinitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is an overuse injury that affects the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shinbone. It commonly affects athletes who engage in sports such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer. The pain associated with this condition can be so severe that it limits one’s ability to participate in physical activities. Fortunately, there are several physical therapy treatments available to help treat patellar tendinitis.
The first step in treating patellar tendinitis is to rest the affected area and apply ice for 15 minutes a couple of times each day. Doing this helps reduce inflammation and swelling around the tendon. A physical therapist may also recommend stretching exercises that focus on strengthening the quadriceps muscles located at the front of your thigh. This will help improve range of motion, flexibility, and strength while increasing blood flow to the area.
Another treatment option includes using a foam roller or tennis ball to massage your tender areas around your knee joint. Massage therapy can help reduce tension and stiffness in these areas by improving circulation and releasing lactic acid buildup from overuse of muscles. However, it is important not to use too much pressure when performing self-massage because this could aggravate the injury even further. Additionally, you should never massage directly on top of any bruises or open wounds as this could cause further damage or infection.
Finally, you may want to consider adding orthopedic devices such as braces or taping techniques into your treatment plan as these can provide additional support and stability for your joints while preventing further injury or strain on your muscles during activity or exercise. Your physical therapist can help determine which device would be best for you based on your needs and lifestyle habits.
Overall, patellar tendinitis is an uncomfortable but manageable condition if treated properly with physical therapy methods like rest, ice application, stretching exercises, massage therapy, and orthopedic devices like braces or tapes. If you suffer from this condition it is important to speak with a qualified physical therapist who can create a customized treatment plan that works best for you—and get back to doing what you love! With patience and dedication you can have optimal healing from patellar tendinitis through physical therapy treatment options designed just for you!