In this week’s episode of the Sports Medicine Weekly podcast, Dr. Brian Cole is joined by a Rush physical therapist to discuss the best ways to manage and treat patellar tendonitis, more commonly known as jumper’s knee.

The patellar tendon connects the patella (knee cap) to the tibia (shin bone) and assists in the extension and flexion of the knee. Patellar tendonitis is very common, affecting more than 200,000 people annually. It is most frequently seen in athletic populations, more specifically, in athletes involved in sports that require frequent jumping (basketball, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics, etc.).

Localized pain in the region between your patella and tibia is one of the first signs of patellar tendonitis. Other symptoms of patellar tendonitis include tenderness and swelling. Patellar tendonitis can be tricky to treat and extremely painful, so be sure to tune into this week’s episode of the Sports Medicine Weekly Podcast to hear from industry leaders about the best ways to prevent and treat patellar tendonitis.

Authored by Zach Meeker, Research Assistant for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center

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