What is it?
The patellar tendon helps lower-leg muscles extend. Patellar tendinitis occurs when tiny tears begin to develop in the tendon and it becomes inflamed.
Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors
Patellar tendinitis can be caused by:
- Being overweight
Athletes - especially those whose sports require jumping - are at particular risk. Symptoms include pain between the kneecap and shin especially during physical activity.
A doctor will diagnose patellar tendinitis by examining the leg, reviewing symptoms and medical history, and conducting imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI.
Patellar tendinitis treatment includes:
- Resting and reducing the stress on the patellar tendon
- Taking medication or injections
- Using a strap to relieve the pressure on the area
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Stretching leg muscles
- Strengthening the patellar tendon and muscles through exercise
If the pain and discomfort do not subside with these treatment methods, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair tears in the tendon.