Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendinopathy)

Patellar tendinopathy is an overuse injury commonly seen in jumping sports such as basketball, volleyball and long jump events, hence the term jumper’s knee. However it is not confined to this population and can also occur in runners or athletes who perform sharp forceful changes of direction. The condition results in degenerative changes to the tendon causing it to weaken and become painful.

Patellar Tendinopathy Treatment

There are a number of intrinsic (bodily) factors which may contribute to patellar tendinopathy including poor lower limb strength (weaknesses in core/hip and quadriceps muscles), poor muscle flexibility and abnormal foot biomechanics. Other extrinsic factors include volume and frequency of training, footwear and training surfaces. Our Chartered Physiotherapists will provide a thorough assessment of your knee pain and try to address any causative factors relating to your injury. Treatment may include a combination of any of the following interventions: progressive strengthening and stretching exercise, deep tissue massage, Myofascial release techniques, dry needling, acupunture, laser therapy, sports taping, and prescription orthotics.

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