Opening Times: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Referred to as (Jumper’s Knee) due to its frequency among athletes participating in jumping and running sports (i.e. basketball, volleyball). Patellar Tendinopathy is degenerative change within the band of tissue (patella tendon) that connects the patella to the tibia.

Pain is usually felt  below the kneecap during activity and may be felt after activity for a period of time.  The knee may feel like it is giving out during aggravating activities.  Walking downstairs may be painful.  The tendon body or the inferior pole of the patella are commonly tender on palpation.

  • Too much activity too soon
  • An increase of running/jumping activity
  • Improper biomechanics
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Post knee injury or surgery
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RICE
Rest: The patient should rest the knee by decreasing or modifying aggravating activities (i.e. jumping/running).
Ice:  Apply a cold compress, wrapped in a towel or in a Trainers Choice compression wrap, to the injured area for 15 minutes per hour, a minimum of 3 times/day (especially after any exercise).
Compression: Apply compression to the knee by wrapping with an elastic wrap, or applying a compression knee sleeve support.  Avoid applying pressure directly over the knee cap.
Elevate: The knee should be placed in an elevated position to reduce swelling.

  • Athletic/Physiotherapy to aid healing and correct biomechanics and muscle imbalances through stretching and strengthening.
  • Brace/tape to reduce the stress on the injured area of the patellar tendon.
  • Over-the-counter orthotics