Jumper's Knee

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Jumper’s knee, also called patellar tendinitis, is a common cause of knee pain among runners, sports enthusiasts, and people who frequently bend their knees for work. To get treatment for your knee pain, see the orthopedic specialists at New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. The team offers reliable and effective nonsurgical solutions to reduce the severity of jumper’s knee so you can get back to your favorite activities. To schedule a visit, call or use the online booking tool today.

Jumper's Knee Q & A

What is jumper’s knee?

Jumper’s knee, the layman’s term for patellar tendinitis, is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the patellar tendon that connects the muscles of your thigh to your kneecap and shin bones. Jumper’s knee develops due to strenuous workouts that involve repetitive knee bending, insufficient training preparation — such as stretching or warming up before exercise — being overweight or obese, and previous knee injuries.

Symptoms of jumper’s knee include:

  • Pain and tenderness at your patellar tendon, located below your kneecap
  • Swelling
  • Pain with jumping, running, or walking
  • Pain when bending or straightening your knee
  • Tenderness behind the lower part of your kneecap

These symptoms may flare up during times of physical activities and go away with periods of rest. If left untreated, though, jumper’s knee may lead to tears of the patellar tendon.

What causes jumper’s knee?

Jumper’s knee develops when the patellar tendon is constantly under strain or pressure. Tendons attach muscles to bones and help regulate the tension between the two. With overuse — such as running or repetitive knee bending — tension can build up in the tendon or cause the tendon to rub over your knee cap. Tension and pressure from the knee cap and thigh muscles can irritate the tendon, causing tendinitis, pain, and inflammation.

How is jumper’s knee diagnosed?

To diagnose jumper’s knee, the team begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam. They first examine your knee by applying pressure around the muscles and joints or your knee. Next, they perform orthopedic tests to assess the structure and function of your patellar tendon. These tests may involve bending your knee, standing on one leg to balance, or rotating your knee inward and outward. If necessary, the team may also order X-rays or an MRI of your knee if you show signs of a tendon tear.

Based on their findings, the team determines your diagnosis and outlines treatment options for you.

How is jumper’s knee treated?

Based on the severity of your diagnosis and discomfort, the team may recommend one or more of the following therapies to help you recover:

  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
  • Lipogems®
  • Ozone therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or modifying your workouts
  • Bracing or athletic taping
  • Hot and cold therapy

The team develops a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns while also helping you meet your health and fitness goals as efficiently as possible.

Schedule an exam for your knee pain at New Jersey Regenerative Institute now by calling or booking online.