Knee & Shoulder Surgeon - Orthopedic Specialist
Knee & Shoulder Surgeon - Dr. A. M. Rajani
M.S Orth (Gold Medallist), D-Orth, MBBS
Knee and Shoulder Surgeon
(Arthroscopy & Joint Reconstruction)
Orthopaedic Arthroscopy Knee & Shoulder Clinic (OAKS)

Jumpers Knee

Jumper's Knee (Patellar Tendonitis)» Introduction :
Jumpers knee also known as patellar tendonitis is a common overuse condition of the knee associated with running, repeated jumping & landing, and kicking.


» Risk Factors :
1) Athletes in jumping sports :
> High jump
> Basketball
> Football
> Gymnastics

2) Athletes in jumping sports :
> Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
> Rheumatoid Arthritis
> Chronic Renal Failure
> Diabetes Mellitus
> Paget's Disease

3) Other associated factors :
> Knee Local Corticosteroid Injections
> Repetitive trauma to knee extensor tendon

» Clinical Features :
Pain in front of the knee, tenderness over patella tendon, effusion.
pain in front of the knee below knee cap

» Complication :
Rupture of the patella tendon.

» Conservative Management :
pain in knee capRest
Ice
Anti-inflammatory medications

» Surgical Management :
Indicated if rupture of patella tendon.

Surgical correction should be ideally done within 10 days of injury and a cast immobilization is required for 6 weeks following surgery. Delay in surgery could give rise to a quadriceps contracture.

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