Patellar Tendonitis is a progressive injury that affects the knee. The progressive nature of Patellar Tendonitis means it may seem like a small thing at first, but over time it can get worse, causing almost irreparable damage if it’s not identified early. This article will explain what a Patellar Tendonitis injury is and how you can identify it, along with which stage you may be at.
What is Patellar Tendonitis? If you are suffering pain and inflammation around the side, front and even behind the kneecap, it’s possible you have Patellar Tendonitis. It is the inflammation of the Patellar tendon which connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone. It’s durable but the repeated impact of running with poor posture or pronation can cause it to become inflamed over time.
What are the stages of Patellar Tendonitis?
Stage 1: You may have a light to mild ache below the kneecap after activity, but the pain fades within 24 hours.
Stage 2: You may have a light pain during exercise and it may worsen after you’re done. You may have noticed the pain has returned after a period of time without it.
Stage 3: You may have a mild pain before exercising. The area below the kneecap can become quite painful during the activity but hurts even more once you’ve finished.
Stage 4: The pain is so intense that it interrupts your ability to complete every day walking tasks. Your patella tendon may be at risk of irreparable damage.
How can I fix my Patellar Tendonitis? If you have noticed the mild pain beginning to occur, try to rest the joint until it no longer hurts. Investigate your stride and footfall for imperfections. Address any problems now to avoid further degrading the tendon.
If you have realised that the pain is occurring frequently, or is present separate to exercise or running activity, you may have a more serious stage of Patellar Tendonitis. There is not much that can be done to reverse it, but you may be able to take steps to prevent it from worsening. Have your gait and stride checked, and get coaching to correct this if required. Various isometric exercises can be deployed to strengthen the muscles supporting the patella.
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