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.
On your first visit to physical therapy, you will undergo a full evaluation to determine any limitations in range of motion, any areas of muscle weakness, and any exercise, squatting, jumping, or running abnormalities contributing to your diagnosis of jumper’s knee. After your evaluation, your physical therapist will provide you with a plan of care with targeted strengthening and stretching exercises to address any areas of need,
Jumper’s Knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, presents as a sharp or persistent dull pain just inferior to the knee patella. The patellar “tendon” or ligament connects the inferior pole of the patella to the tibial tuberosity as the insertion point of the quadriceps muscles (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, and vastus lateralis). Pain over the tendon or ligament is often felt with activity but can persist after the period of activity as it worsens.
Jumper’s Knee wouldn’t keep Rafael Nadal this past Sunday from beating his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It was a return to form that is just in time for his attempt to hold serve for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open next weekend. The return for Nadal is impressive as he has been dealing with knee issues for a while.