Jumper’s Knee, AKA patellar tendonitis, presents as persistent pain below the kneecap. Pain is first noticed with exercise, but as it progresses pain can continue after exercise as well. Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury often caused by an increase in exercise activity, being overweight, decreased lower extremity mobility and flexibility, or lower extremity muscular imbalance and weakness. Treatment includes activity modifications, rest, stretching to increase mobility, and strengthening of any muscular imbalances.
Since you will only be in the physical therapy clinic for 2-3 hours per week, on your second visit, your therapist will give you exercises to complete at home (HEP—Home Exercise Program). This will allow to you take some of your recovery into your own hands and regain your knee strength and range of motion more quickly. Some of the exercises that you may see on your HEP include therapeutic stretching, active assistive range of motion exercises, active range of motion exercises, and gentle strengthening.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
If you are experiencing any kind of knee pain or have been diagnosed with Jumper’s Knee or patellar tendonitis, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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