Jumper’s Knee Treatment In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 25. July 2016 11:08

Jumper’s Knee, also known as Patellar Tendonitis, is a condition which involves inflammation of the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shin bone. It causes pain in the anterior part of the knee. People involved in sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer etc. are at higher risk of developing this condition.

Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the condition can be classified as:

  • Stage 1: In this, pain is experienced only after a physical activity.
  • Stage 2: It is characterized by pain both during and after the physical activity.
  • Stage 3: This involves prolonged pain in the knee.
  • Stage 4: The most severe condition in which inflamed patella is torn.

Risk Factors

  • Excessive body weight
  • Bowed legs
  • Unequal leg length

Causes

  • Overuse: Repeated stress on the patellar tendon can cause it to tear.
  • Medical conditions: The condition can be caused due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, metabolic diseases etc.  
  • Weak thigh muscles:  It can strain the patellar tendon and cause pain.
  • Imbalanced muscles: The stronger muscles can exert pressure on the tendon leading to the condition.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the patellar tendon  
  • Swelling and tenderness in the knee
  • Weakness
  • Redness over the affected area
  • Limited range of motion

Diagnosis

The doctor may physically examine the patient and evaluate his symptoms. Imaging tests such as X- ray, MRI or CT scan may be conducted to determine the severity of the condition. Ultrasound may also be recommended by the doctor.

Treatment

  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to ease the symptoms. In case of severe pain, administering corticosteroid injections into the patellar sheath may also be recommended.
  • Ice and heat therapy: Application of ice packs at frequent intervals may be beneficial in reducing swelling and discomfort. Heat therapy can also help to relieve the symptoms.
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may suggest specific exercises to strengthen the knee. The exercises may also help to reduce muscle spasms and improve the range of motion of the joint.  
  • Compression: Wearing a knee brace or bandage that compresses the patellar tendon may help to reduce pain.
  • Rest: Sufficient rest should be provided to the affected area. The doctor may recommend avoiding activities that may strain the knee joint.
  • Elevation: Keeping the leg elevated above the level of heart can increase blood circulation to the injured tendon and promote healing.

If non-surgical treatment fails to provide relief, surgery may be recommended. The knee surgeon may repair or remove the damaged part of the patellar tendon.

OrthoTexas, Frisco, provides treatment for Jumper’s Knee and other orthopedic conditions. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call (214) 618-5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034.     

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