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Patella Tendonitis

Patella Tendonitis is an inflammation swelling or irritation of the tendons of the knee joint. The Patella tendon becomes inflamed and tender due to overuse. Overuse injuries of the Patella tendon occur when you repeat a particular activity (usually running, jumping or high-impact) until there is micro-failure of the tissue that makes up the substance of the tendon. Swelling, inflammation and pain follows.
 
 

Symptoms of Patella Tendonitis

People with Tendonitis often have tenderness at the point where the Patella tendon meets the bone. In addition, they may feel pain during running, hurried walking, or jumping. A complete rupture of the quadriceps or Patella tendon is not only painful, but also makes it difficult for a person to bend, extend, or lift the leg against gravity.

Treatment of Patella Tendonitis

Initially, the doctor may ask a patient with Tendonitis to rest, elevate, and apply ice to the knee and to take medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve pain and decrease inflammation and swelling. If the quadriceps or Patella tendon is completely ruptured, a surgeon will reattach the ends. After surgery, the patient will wear a cast for 3 to 6 weeks and use crutches. For a partial tear, the doctor might apply a cast without performing surgery.

Rehabilitating a partial or complete tear of a tendon requires an exercise program that is similar to but less vigorous than that prescribed for ligament injuries. The goals of exercise are to restore the ability to bend and straighten the knee and to strengthen the leg to prevent repeat injury. A rehabilitation program may last 6 months, although the patient can return to many activities before then

 
 
 
 

   

 
   

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09/28/2011

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