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Common Injuries and Treatments

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Tendonitis of the Knee

What is tendonitis of the knee?

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon - the tissue that connects muscle to bone.

What causes injuries to this tissue?

Tendonitis can occur because of overuse, repetitious activities, trauma, biomechanical asymmetries, strength deficits or imbalances, and/or flexibility deficits or imbalances. In the knee, the two most common spots for tendonitis are just above the kneecap (called quadriceps tendinitis) or just below the kneecap (called patellar tendonitis). Pain in these areas are often associated with overuse of these tendons caused by force produced by the quadriceps (front of thigh) muscle. 

What is the best treatment approach?

Physical therapy is a common and effective treatment approach for tendonitis of the knee.  More acute symptoms will sometimes require oral medications, injections to the area, bracing or periods of relative rest.

What will the role of physical therapy be in this process?

Physical therapy treatment in this area is focused on reducing the irritation to the tissue at and around the knee and improving the biomechanics of the knee, hip and ankle. Treatment may include stretching, strengthening exercises, soft tissue massage and joint mobilization. 

Will other services be helpful in taking care of this?

Underlying muscle tightness and soft tissue restrictions that are found to be related to knee tendinitis may be helped by massage therapy work.  Acupuncture can also be of assistance with the pain associated with these conditions.  Training to return to specific life tasks or sports can be initiated by physical therapists and progressed by personal trainers.  After your initial physical therapy evaluation, your physical therapist will help to determine if these services may be helpful. 

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If you have more clinical questions about this condition, please click here to email our Director of Clinical Operations, Jessica Douglas, MSPT, OCS, or you can get more information by searching our blog.

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