Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Effective in Treating Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar tendonitis is a common injury or inflammation of the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). Your pain may be mild or severe with Patellar tendonitis.
Though anyone can get it, it’s a frequent injury among athletes, especially those who play volleyball and basketball, and is called jumper’s knee. Among recreational volleyball players, an estimated 14.4 percent have jumper’s knee. The prevalence is even higher for top professional athletes. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of elite volleyball players have jumper’s knee.
Patellar tendonitis comes from repetitive stress on the knee, most often from overuse in sports or exercise. The repetitive stress on the knee creates tiny tears in the tendon that, over time, inflame and weaken the tendon.
Factors that contribute to this can be:
- tight leg muscles
- uneven leg muscle strength
- misaligned feet, ankles, and legs
- shoes without enough padding
- hard playing surfaces
- chronic diseases that weaken the tendon
- Athletes are more at risk because running, jumping, and squatting put more force on the patellar tendon. (For example, running can put a force of up to five times your body weight on your knees.)
- Long periods of intense sports training are associated with jumper’s knee.
Pain and tenderness at the base of your kneecap are usually the first symptoms of patellar tendonitis. You may also have some swelling and a burning feeling in the kneecap. Kneeling down or getting up from a squat can be especially painful.
The pain may at first be sporadic, occurring only after sports or exercise activity. As the tendon becomes more damaged, the pain can become progressively worse. It can interfere with any athletic activity, as well as with daily activities, such as climbing stairs or sitting in a car.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used with great success to treat pain and restore the person to a pain free way of life. Find out if PRP is the best option for you. Call now!