Knee Cap Pain Patella Tendinitis Treatment Sioux City
Patellar Tendonitis Knee Pain
Sports-related injuries are very common in today’s world of recreational runners and weekend warriors. The knee is a large, weight-bearing joint that is under a significant amount of stress when squatting, running, jumping, and lifting activities. At the same time, the quadricep is a big, powerful muscle that transfers its force through the patella tendon and onto the lower leg (tibia bone). This tendon can become injured and irritated; initially, the knee feels stiff and sore, but this can eventually develop into a sharp, stabbing pain that severely limits running and jumping activities.
What is Patellar Tendonitis?
The patellar tendon is a cord-like tissue that transmits force from the quadricep to the lower leg. This tendon sits on (and travels over) the top of the patella. The fibers in the tendon and ligament are similar to “ropes,” and can become “frayed” when they are damaged. Tender spots develop on the damaged tendon, which can become very tender to the touch. Eventually, the damage and swelling increase to the point that normal stress across the tendon causes notable pain.
Patellar Tendonitis is more common in those who take part in kicking, squatting, and jumping activities; these cause increased stress on the patella tendon because of their dynamic nature. Running up or down hill also places extra stress on the knees. Initially, people begin to feel stiffness and tightness after activity or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. If the condition deteriorates, pain begins to occur during activity or with specific movements. The Patella Tendon can rupture but this is not common.
Other common training injuries include knee and IT Band syndrome. Chronic repetitive stress injuries occur when the tissue becomes overwhelmed and cannot heal properly before the next time it is challenged. Increasing running mileage too quickly, lifting heavier weights, or adding new exercise to a routine are all common causes of tendinitis pain.
Treatment and Therapy for Knee Pain
Therapy involves strengthening and rehabilitating of the injured knee and tendons. The initial goals of treatment are to decrease pain and inflammation with rest, ice, and over the counter NSAIDs. Massage therapy can be used to lessen the frequency of quadricep muscle spasms that contribute to patella tendonitis. As well, strengthening exercises will be given for weakness in the foot, ankle, knee or hip that might have contributed to the injury. Electric therapy, ultrasound, cold laser and vibration therapy are also common treatments for decreasing swelling, pain, and muscle spasms. Proprioceptive exercises for knee strength and endurance are used to decrease the chance of future injury.
Graston Technique is another valuable treatment for tendonitis injuries. Graston Technique will help speed recovery and tissue repair. When Graston Technique is combined with vibration and proprioception therapy, it enhances collagen repair and leg strength. More information on knee pain treatment can be found on our treatment page.
Our office will help you with techniques that will accelerate the healing process. Treatment exercises and stretches will be performed to strengthen the foot, ankle, knee, and hip muscles. Stronger muscles will help reduce the pounding and stress on the knees during running and jumping. These treatments will ensure that you are healed, and will also get you back into your normal routine as quickly as possible.