Patellar Tendinopathy Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
How to Treat Patellar Tendinopathy
Ice and Rest
Apply ice or a cold pack to the knee for 15-20 minutes, every four hours, for 2-3 days. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
Avoid the activity that caused the pain. Reduce shock or vibrations to the knee.
Over-the-counter medicines that are commonly used to reduce pain include:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
This strap (also called a counterforce brace) can help support the tendon and reduce pain. It is worn as a band just below the knee.
Physical therapy will help:
- Stretch and condition the quadriceps muscle, which attaches to the patella
- Maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance
If the treatments above do not reduce inflammation, some doctors may recommend that you consider a cortisone injection. (This should be used only for chronic tendonitis that has not responded to other treatments that have been used for at least two months.) Check with your doctor to find out what is best for you. Avoid repeated cortisone injections.
Return to high-impact physical activity gradually. Healing has occurred when:
- The knee can bend and straighten without pain.
- You are able to jump on the injured leg without pain.
- You are able to jog in a straight line without pain.
- Swelling is gone.
- Normal strength of the quadriceps muscles has returned.
You may need surgery if there is:
- Advanced damage to the tendon
- Little or no response to other treatments over a 6-12 month period
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Patellar Tendinopathy? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Patellar Tendinopathy? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Patellar Tendinopathy symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Patellar Tendinopathy.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Patellar Tendinopathy? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Patellar Tendinopathy treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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