Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) happens when the tendon connecting your shinbone to your kneecap becomes inflamed. Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome) occurs when your kneecap has veered off the patellar groove. Jumper’s knee is almost always caused by repetitive impact and runner’s knee results from overuse or direct trauma.
Both of these injuries are prevalent among athletes and can be worsened by weak muscles. Runner’s knee can often manifest in young adults, and can occur in active or inactive people who ramp up their activity too quickly and cause pressure inside the knee joint. Older and overweight adults are more likely to get jumper’s knee. Athletes who overtrain or avoid warmups are also more likely to injure their tendons.
Sharp pain just below kneecap
Pain when bending or straightening the leg
Pain when putting weight on leg
Dull pain in the front of the knee
Grinding or grating sensation when bending the knee
Worsening pain when kneeling, squatting, or climbing stairs
RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation
Stretching and strengthening exercises
Improving warmup or training activities
No matter what symptoms you’re experiencing, getting prompt medical attention is one of the best ways to keep your knees in good shape. The good news is that both conditions tend to respond well to conservative treatment options.
You depend on your knees a lot - probably more than you realize. Delaying treatment could aggravate your symptoms and develop more serious problems in the future. Review all the orthopedic conditions treated by Dr. Van Thiel and schedule an appointment to discuss available treatment options within our Rockford and Algonquin offices.