Patellar Tendinosis Treatment in Kansas City
Patellar Tendinosis Physical Therapy Treatment in Kansas City.
You don’t have to be a jumper to experience “jumper’s knee.” Everyone has heard the term “quadriceps” (or quads) before, and if you’re an athlete you know how important this muscle is for power, stability, and global movement. What most are not aware of, however, is the intimate relationship this muscle group has to the knee cap, or patella. When all four muscles that make up the quadriceps come together, they form something called the quadriceps tendon to attach to the top of the knee. From there, this tendon actually continues down the tibia, also known as the shin bone, as a ligament known as the patellar ligament. Whenever this structure becomes irritated or inflamed we give it a fancy name. Initially, it is referred to as patellar tendinitis, but in long term cases it is called patellar tendinosis.
Symptoms of patellar tendinosis includes irritation and pain in the front of the knee, below the kneecap, and a feeling of tightness.
Pain and Symptoms may include:
- Sharp pain over knee when walking up or down stairs
- Pain at the knee during activities such as running, biking, walking, jumping
- Pain when getting up after sitting for extended periods of time
- Swelling at the knee joint is possible, especially after the knee has been at rest
- Symptoms usually decrease when the individual is at rest
Treatments for Patellar Tendinosis
Physical therapy treatment for Patellar Tendinosis includes soft tissue therapy to the surrounding area as well as retraining and normalizing the muscular balance of the lower extremity. Making sure the muscles above the knee and below the knee are properly stabilizing is important for immediate relief of pain and prevention of the problem returning. Commonly pain at the knee is secondary to a muscular imbalance happening elsewhere in the body, primarily the ankle or hip.
Our Treatment Process
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic will work to identify where the knee pain is primarily stemming from to properly heal the area. Our physical therapists are trained in multiple soft tissue or manual techniques to target the cause of pain and areas of inflammation. These techniques work locally to help with irritation caused by either an acute injury to the tissue or chronic inflammation from old injuries or repetitive trauma.
By re-training the dysfunctional areas, we can decrease the overall pain and prevent the injury from occurring again. Our physical therapists create a tailored treatment program and exercise program for your Patellar Tendinosis to help get you back to where you were if not better than before.
Possible Treatments for Patellar Tendinosis
For other treatment options, check out our chiropractic services for patellar tendinosis.
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (A.R.T) is one of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Dry Needling is the process of using a thin needle inserted into a trigger point to relieve a contracture within a muscle.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
What's patellar tendonitis recovery time?
The recovery time for patellar tendonitis varies by individual. The average tissue takes a minimum of 4-6 weeks to heal but tendons can take up to months to heal. The treatments we offer excel the healing time which leads to a shortened recovery time.
What is patellar tendinosis vs tendonitis?
The symptoms are very similar but the location and cause of the injury is where the main difference lies.
Is there such thing as a patellar tendon strap?
Yes there is a band that rests below the knee. We can provide taping that functions similarly or we can refer you somewhere to purchase a strap.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Physical Therapist
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.