Runners Knee or Jumpers Knee
Runner’s Knee or Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendinopathy) - is a condition characterized by inflammation or injury to the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). This condition often affects athletes engaged in activities that involve frequent jumping and sudden, forceful contractions of the quadriceps, such as basketball and volleyball players. It is common following a sudden spike in training or physical activity volume. The repetitive stress on the patellar tendon can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness just below the kneecap.
Early diagnosis and appropriate management are crucial for a full recovery. At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through physiotherapy or chiropractic as a first step. Treatments are individualized to your needs and preferences but typical sessions may include exercise or rehabilitation focusing on the lower limb and leg, relative rest and activity modification, tissue release of tight muscles, joint mobilization/manipulation, or acupuncture. As your pain subsides, working with a personal trainer on strength and mobility can often be helpful as a second step.
Treatments may include: