Jumpers Knee, or Patellar Tendonitis, is caused by overuse, such as jumping in basketball or volleyball. It affects the patella tendon, the tissue that attaches the kneecap to the shin bone.
What is it?
Jumpers Knee is a condition where the patella tendon experiences repeated stress causing microtears and possible degeneration.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms include pain under the kneecap or on the kneecap, tenderness on the bottom of the patella, pain when jumping, swelling, and sometimes, stiffness after exercise.
Assessment techniques involve evaluating pain location and levels, palpation for tenderness, and testing for strength limitations. Gait and squatting may further be observed to assess any pain or biomechanical issues.
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