Jumper's knee is a condition medically know as patellar tendonitis. It is an overuse injury that results in pain at the front of the knee just below the knee cap. Repetitive strain from either running or jumping causes inflammation of the patella tendon. The patella tendon can also be damaged by heavy strain such as hiking in mountains or too many deep squats. Jumper's knee if left untreated can become a persistent problem leading to degeneration of the tissue around the knee.
What Causes Jumper's Knee or Patellar Tendinitis?
Patellar tendinopathy or tendonitis is typically caused by over use and strain. This is a common injury for athletes while training for big runs. It can often occur after strenuous hikes without proper stretching and conditioning. Having overly tight quads also contributes to this condition.
How Can Acupuncture Help With Jumper's Knee?
The most important first step is accurate diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will first assess the kneecap and muscles of the leg. Proper orthopedic testing can rule out other possible causes of knee pain including; meniscus tear, ACL or MCL injury, patellar femoral syndrome, or IT band syndrome.
Once the cause of the pain is isolated a treatment plan will be constructed to directly and uniquely address your knee pain. The treatment's primary focus involves relaxation of the quadriceps muscles. These muscles form from the bulk of the patellar tendon as it crosses over the knee cap. Tension and shortness in this tissue will directly affect the tendon.
Acupuncture and manual therapy techniques can also be applied directly to the tendon itself. Increasing blood flow to the patellar tendon will result in quick and complete healing. We also teach proper stretching of the quadriceps tendon and home strengthening exercises to address the imbalance in the leg and the hip.
If pain in the front of the knee is keeping you from the activities you love give us a call we can get you quickly on the road to recovery and back to the sports and activities you're missing!