Patellar tendinitis is an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. Patellar tendinitis is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping – for this reason, patellar tendinitis is commonly referred as jumper’s knee. However, even people who don’t participate in jumping sports can experience patellar tendinitis. Inflammation of the patellar tendon, called patellar tendonitis, weakens the tendon. It may also cause small tears.
- Repeated jumping
- Sudden increases in the intensity and frequency of physical activity
- Tight leg muscles
- Muscular imbalance
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Patellar tendon strap applies pressure to the patellar tendon: it can help to distribute pressure away from the tendon itself