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Jumper's Knee

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

What is jumper's knee?

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Jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to shin bone (tibia). The condition may be caused by overuse of the knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.

What are the symptoms of jumper's knee?

The following are the most common symptoms of jumper's knee. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of jumper's knee may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How is jumper's knee diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for jumper's knee may include a radiograph of the knee. This would involve a negative image of the knee, taken with photographic film, using exposure to X-rays or gamma rays passing through matter or tissue in the body.

Treatment for jumper's knee

Specific treatment for jumper's knee will be determined by your doctor based on:

The best course of treatment for jumper's knee is to discontinue any activity that is causing the condition, until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

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