How We Treat

Jumper's Knee

What is Jumper's knee?

Patellar tendinopathy or 'jumper's knee' is a condition in which there are tiny tears within the collagen fibres of the patellar tendon (the tendon that connects the knee cap to the shin bone).  These tiny tears can lead to swelling of the tendon and result in pain. 

What are the symptoms of Jumper's knee / patellar tendinopathy?

You may feel any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Pain - usually on a very specific point on the bottom part of the kneecap.  The pain would usually be felt at the early to mid part of attempting a squat. 
  • Soreness during jumping activities when the tendinopathy is flared up or more chronic conditions may not be painful until after the activity has been completed or even the following day

Why does it happen / what causes Jumper's knee?

As with most tendinopathy's, one of the most common is a sudden increase in activity.  Tendons usually like a gradual increase in their use and do not always respond well to a dramatic increase in a short period.  A lack of mobility and strength in the muscles either side of the knee will also contribute to overloading the knee tendons.

Self-help measures

Simple things you can try at home if you think you have wrist tendinopathy are:

  • rest the area from obvious repetitive movements if possible in the short term i.e. try and rest from sport for a couple of days, and avoid keyboard work
  • use ice and/or heat to ease the inflammation and to help the healing process
  • Ibuprofen has been shown to be useful for tendinopathy in the early phases, but should only be taken in the short term
  • Self-massage any tender points in the surrounding muscles

What can The StoneHouse Clinic do?

Our professional staff will firstly assess the tedinopathy to ascertain the true nature of your injury.  If left untreated, the tendons can go into disrepair and you may start to notice that small innoccuous activities become painful. 

From the initial assessment, we will agree a treatment program with you taking into account your goals and lifestyle.  There are no recipes for treating tendinopathy as the treatment will be individual to you, but may include:

  • Bespoke massage techniques
  • Mobilisations
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Shockwave treatment for persistent tendinopathies
  • Steroid injection for persistent tendinopathies
  • Supports and strapping
  • K-taping
  • Advice and instruction on graded return to exercise, if appropriate for you
  • Advice and instruction on preventing a re-occurrence

If you think you may have jumper's knee and would like to book an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced Physiotherapists at The StoneHouse Clinic in Corsham, Wiltshire (near Chippenham and Bath) then please contact us.


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