Patellar tendinitis affects the tendon that attaches one’s kneecap, known as the patella, to one’s shinbone. This tendon plays a crucial role in the way one’s leg muscles work. Without it, kicking, running, jumping, would not be possible.
A great many athletes that play sports requiring jumping develop tendinitis. This is why patellar tendinitis is also, in common parlance, called jumper’s knee.
Symptoms of Jumper’s Knee
The first sign of jumper’s knee is pain – a lot of it. The pain is generally located on the tendon between one’s kneecap and shinbone. For many, they feel as though their knee is going to give out any second. A sport such as basketball is just not possible when you have an injury of this sort. There is just far too much pain. So, for those that are athletes, particularly basketball players – if you are experiencing a lot of pain in the region between your kneecap and shinbone, and your performance is dipping faster than a the appearance and disappearance of a shooting star, then, chances are, you have patellar tendinitis.
From here, the pain gradually gets worse and worse – and it will continue to get worse until and unless one seeks treatment. That is why, at Chiropractic Clinic Houston, our chiropractors beseech all who experience uncomfortable knee pain to get chiropractic treatment. Without treatment, the pain will get so bad that, at some point, simply climbing a flight of stairs will become impossible.
Causes of Jumper’s Knee
When continuous stress is placed on one’s patellar tendon, jumper’s knee begins to develop. The stress causes tiny tears in the knee. These tears vitiate the structure of the knee – making daily physical activities more of a challenge.
Another factor resulting in the development of jumper’s knee is a sudden increase in the intensity or frequency of physical activity. For that reason, our chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston exhort all to take it easy when returning to physical activity. Our chiropractors also enjoin athletes to do dynamic stretches prior to vigorous and demanding workouts.
Our Chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston
Our chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston have developed a specialized treatment protocol to help reverse patellar tendinitis pain and damage. This fine-tuned treatment protocol has successfully helped countless college and professional athletes return to optimal form.