Do you experience pain on the side, front or behind of your kneecap? How about right below the kneecap? If yes, then you may have Jumper’s Knee.
Jumper’s knee, also known as Patella Tendonitis, is an overuse injury to the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone (Tibia). Common among adolescents, runner’s and jumpers, jumper’s knee is due to the stress that the activity (typically a running or jumping motion) puts on the patella tendon.
Jumper’s Knee Cause and Symptoms
Patella tendonitis develops when you’re doing too much of the same activity. Too much running and jumping causes the tendon to become inflamed, irritated, and painful. You’ll experience pain and tenderness below the kneecap. Activities that may cause Jumper’s Knee are:
- Walking Downstairs
How to Manage Jumper’s Knee?
When you first experience kneecap pain, you should stop the activity that is causing the injury, or at the very least change it up to help ease the constant stress on the patella. It’s not the ideal answer you’d like to hear, but to fully recover, time off is necessary. Cold therapy can help reduce inflammation and pain while rehabilitation exercises will help strengthen and stretch the structures around the knee.
Is There a Knee Brace to Help Reduce Pain?
The Webtech™ Short Knee Brace can help alleviate pain. The unique silicone web structure evenly distributes pressure over the patella and quadriceps tendon and helps stabilize the patella to ensure proper tracking.
Webtech™ Short Knee Brace Features & Benefits
- Silicone web surrounds and stabilizes the patella to ensure proper tracking
- Strategic bracing design helps fight a wide variety of knee pain while allowing full mobility
- Compression molded back pad with mesh for maximum comfort and breathability
- Undersleeve with anti-migration technology
- Easy on/off pull tabs
- Reflectivity for enhanced visibility in low light conditions
In conclusion, strengthening exercises and change of activity (or time off) can help alleviate patella tendonitis pain. In addition, the right protection can help ease pain and prevent further discomfort when you’re on the field.
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The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.