Knee Tendonitis Overview
Tendons are strong connective tissues that connect muscles to bones. When muscles flex, tendons gently pull on the bones to move them. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon or group of tendons. Knee tendonitis, specifically patella tendonitis, is a common condition that many athletes and active individuals experience. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) knee specialist prescribes a customized treatment plan to reduce knee tendonitis symptoms.
Symptoms & Causes
Knee tendonitis symptoms include:
Overuse is the main knee tendonitis cause.
Risk factors include:
- Leg muscle imbalances
- Suddenly increase exercise frequency or intensity
- Tight leg muscles
Nonsurgical treatment options treat knee tendonitis. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA knee specialist may recommend:
- Activity modification
- A brace
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
Patients who adhere to their CONA knee specialist’s advice see a quick reduction in symptoms. Their injury heals and the chances of it returning dramatically decrease.
A CONA specialist asks the patient-important questions about their symptoms. A thorough examination of the knee is performed. Medical imaging studies are not needed. An accurate diagnosis is made and a customized treatment plan is prescribe.