Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar tendinopathy is commonly seen in athletes involved in jumping sports like volleyball, basketball, high, long or triple jumps or sports involving change of direction.

The pain is localised to the inferior pole of patella (below the patella). Normally the pain remains localised at rest and during loading. It is not associated with joint swelling, clicks/clunks or crepitation.

Aggravating factors: Repetitive loading like running, jumping, jogging, sport-related activities and prolonged sitting.

Management of patellar tendinopathy

Pain relief

Cryotherapy inferior patellar tendon taping, extracorporeal shock wave-therapy

Activity modification

  • Reduce training sessions.
  • No absolute rest should be encouraged.
  • Biomechanical correction of landing techniques

Exercises

  • Strengthening of quads, hamstrings and gluts.
  • Proprioceptive and balance training.
  • Stretching.
  • Gradual return to running and specific sports.