One of the most common causes of knee pain is Patella tendinopathy also known as Jumper’s Knee).
What is Patella Tendinopathy ( jumper’s knee )?
Patella tendinopathy (commonly referred to as “Jumper’s knee”) is characterised by localised pain just below the kneecap. This area can be very tender to touch, painful during sporting activity and stiff and achy after exercise. Jumper’s knee is an over-use injury associated with lots of running, kicking or jumping, especially if there are associated problems with the quadriceps muscles, foot biomechanics or training techniques. Patella tendinopathy is associated with lots of strain on the tendon over a prolonged period which leads to degeneration of the collagen fibres which form the tendon. This is slightly different from patella tendinitis which infers a more acute inflammation of the tendon and can often settle with anti-inflammatory medication, the application of ice and a short period of rest.
What are the treatments available for this condition?
There are a number of treatment options from manipulation to injections and as a last resort, surgery. One of the newest treatments available is shockwave therapy.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions, in less technical terms it encourages the body to heal itself. These reactions include:-
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation
Will I make a full recovery?
The vast majority of patients who suffer from patella tendinopathy (knee pain) are able to return to their previous activity levels once they have recovered from their symptoms but it is often worthwhile continuing with a programme of exercise to protect the area and prevent a reoccurrence of the injury.
Who can help me?
If you are having knee pain – call us – we offer a free 15 minute consultation via phone – our receptionists can make you an appointment to talk to one of our senior therapists.
Call 0118 930 3535 today.