Patellar Tendinitis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a leading orthopedic sports surgeon serving the community of Carrollton, TX. He provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of sports injuries of the knee, such as Runner’s Knee, Patellar Tendinitis, ACL Tear etc.

Patellar Tendinitis

The patellar tendon runs from the kneecap to the top of tibia or shinbone. It helps in various activities such as running, jumping and kicking. An injury or inflammation of this tendon is referred to as Patellar Tendinitis. Also known as Jumper’s Knee, condition is mostly seen in athletes involved in sports that require constant running, bending and squatting.

Causes Of Patellar Tendinitis

  • Repeated stress on the patellar tendon
  • Persistent tendon damage
  • Lack of flexibility in the hamstrings and quadriceps
  • Inappropriate leg strength
  • Weak thigh muscles

Symptoms Of Patellar Tendinitis

  • Pain between the kneecap and the region where the tendon attaches to the tibia
  • Difficulty in climbing stairs or getting up from a chair
  • Pain may be felt when starting a physical activity or finishing an extreme workout
  • The discomfort may worsen while playing a sport
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Weakness in the leg or calf

Diagnosis Of Patellar Tendinitis

The doctor may inquire about the symptoms being experienced by the patient. He may conduct a thorough physical examination to determine the severity and exact location of pain. Imaging tests such as X-Ray, ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be conducted to rule out other probable causes of knee pain.

Treatment For Patellar Tendinitis

Non-surgical treatment

  • Stretching exercises: Specifically designed stretching exercises may help in reducing the muscle spasms. Exercises to strengthen the thigh muscles may also prove to be beneficial to ease the symptoms of Patellar Tendinitis.
  • Strap: The doctor may recommend a strap that puts pressure on the patellar tendon to deviate stress away from the knee. This may help in providing some respite from the pain.
  • Injection: Corticosteroid injections may be administered into the patellar tendon sheath to provide relief.
  • Low-heel shoes: Wearing low-heel shoes can help in distributing some stress from the knee to the foot, calf and ankle.
  • Iontophoresis: In this case, a corticosteroid medication is spread on the skin and a device is utilized to pass a low electrical charge to pushing the medication inside the body.

Surgical treatment

Surgery may be recommended to repair the patellar tendon.

For treatment of Patellar Tendinitis, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.