Patellar Tendonitis - Jumper's Knee

Patellar Tendonitis - Jumper's Knee

Patellar tendonitis / jumper’s knee is an injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. The patellar tendon works with the muscles at the front of your thigh to extend your knee so that you can kick, run and jump.

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping — such as basketball and volleyball. However, even people who don’t participate in jumping sports can get patellar tendonitis.  Chronic patellar tendonitis can develop into patellar tendinosis.  

The main difference between patellar tendinosis and patellar tendinitis is time. Patellar tendinosis is a chronic (persistent or recurring) condition caused by repetitive trauma or an injury that hasn’t healed. By contrast, patellar tendinitis is an acute (sudden, short-term) condition in which inflammation is caused by a direct injury to the patellar tendon. The differences are reflected in their suffixes, with “-osis” meaning abnormal or diseased and “-itis” meaning inflammation.

Patellar Tendonitis Treatment

Most cases of patellar tendonitis / jumper’s knee can be treated with relatively simple, at-home care under your doctor’s supervision. Patellar tendonitis treatments from your doctor may include physical therapy, stretching, a patellar tendon strap, and steroid injections.  If those conservative treatments have failed or it appears to be patellar tendinosis, you are faced with surgery to debride/scrape the damaged tissue from the patellar tendon or a single treatment of Orthowave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery.

OrthoWave® - Patellar Tendonitis Treatment

If you answer yes, then OrthoWave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy may be for you.
  • Is patellar tendonitis/tendinosis pain reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments with your doctor failed?
  • Have you been suffering for at least 4 months?
  • Would you like to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery?
  • Are you looking for a proven, non-invasive treatment that works
The energy delivered to an injury by HeSWT has numerous biological effects on the damaged patellar tendon.
  • Breaks down the scar tissue and calcifications that impede healing
  • Increases blood flow through vascular growth
  • Immediately decreases pain with analgesic effects
  • Initiates your body’s natural healing process in the patellar tendon, including the upregulation of growth factors and other healing factors, for long-term relief
HeSWT has been studied and used extensively for over 20 years.
  • There are hundreds of studies proving the safety and efficacy of OrthoWave® HeSWT for orthopedic injuries, including patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
  • No serious nor long-term complication has ever been observed
  • Fully FDA approved, Class 3, medical device
  • OrthoWave® is true HeSWT; with Sonex, you know you are getting the best
OrthoWave® is a non-invasive treatment completed in office.
  • Only a single 40 min treatment is required to end the pain
  • Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic is often administered to numb the treatment site
  • You are positioned in an exam chair, ultrasound gel applied, and the HeSWT treatment head placed precisely against the injured portion of the patellar tendon
  • Approximately 4000 shockwaves are delivered at a specific frequency/energy level while ensuring your comfort
  • Post treatment instructions are provided and you are able to walk immediately
OrthoWave® is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, nor risk of complications like invasive surgery.
  • High-impact activities need to be avoided for 30 days but no restrictions on routine activities (work, shopping, etc)
  • Braces, boots, crutches, etc, are not required
  • Most patients see a significant decrease in pain immediately
  • Greatest improvement realized over first 30 days but healing continues for several months
  • Waiting 30 days is often hardest part as the your knee quickly feels good for the first time in a long time…just give it some time to fully heal
Shockwave Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for numerous injuries. Please contact us to learn more about Shockwave Therapy, the injuries we treat, if you are a candidate, and how we can help get you back to life pain free.

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Patellar Tendonitis FAQ's

If your patellar tendonitis is not too severe; rest, ice to the injured knee, and time to heal may be all that is needed. You can use over the counter anti-inflammatory medications to help control the pain. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy and/or a steroid injection. If conservative treatments fail, non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy or surgery might be required.

The fastest way to heal your patellar tendonitis is to apply ice and rest to the injured knee when the injury first occurs. The more you work the knee when it is injured, the worse the injury becomes.

The best treatment for tendonitis of your knee is to rest and limit any activities that stress your knee, apply ice, and sparingly use over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like Ibuprofen or Naproxen to control the pain. Wearing a knee brace may help stabilize the knee while it is in the recovery phase. You physician may prescribe physical therapy, which is often successful. If the knee tendonitis is too severe, then surgery or non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy might be required.

Patellar tendonitis may seem to go away after you warm up and begin to exercise, but that does not mean that it is completely healed. Since it is an injury to the tendon, recovery does take longer than other types of injuries, but it is possible to completely heal from patellar tendonitis. For severe cases, surgery to debride the tendon or non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy might be necessary.

Usually, your pain will lessen over the course of several weeks, but complete healing may take several more weeks or months. Everyone is different and the healing time is dependent on the individual and the severity of the tendonitis in the knee.