Patellar tendinopathy (or as it is commonly known patellar tendonitis or tendinitis) is an overuse injury affecting your knee. It is the result of your patella tendon being overstressed. A common name for it is jumper's knee. The greatest level of stress through the patella tendon is during jumping and landing activities. Sports like handball, volleyball, basketball, high jump and long jump are often a trigger for a patellar tendinopathy. But also in other sports like football, tennis, bicycle touring, weight-lifting or jogging can the jumper’s knee be found.
Patients with patellar tendinopathy complain about anterior knee pain over the patella tendon. The pain made worse with jumping, landing or running activity and sometimes with prolonged sitting. Onset of pain is usually gradual and commonly related to an increase in sport activity. Often the tendon feels very stiff first thing in the
The pain can be divided into 4 severities::
- Level 1: pain only after training
- Level 2: pain before and after activity, but lower after warm up
- Level 3: pain during activity, prevents training or top performance
- Level 4: pain during daily activities
Treatment of the patellar tendinopathy:
The optimal treatment of the jumper’s knee is a combination of stretching, eccentric exercises, physiotherapy and the Jumperband during sports.
The strengthening of the quadriceps muscle brings an eccentric stability. The strengthening and extension of the muscle are condition to achieve the maximal healing of the patellar tendinopathy. Through stretching of different muscle groups, tensions, which increase the pressure to the patellar, are released and it helps to reduce the pain of the knee.
A physiotherapist can recommend additional and individual rehabilitation measures. In addition to the exercises it is recommended to wear the Jumperband during sports activities to reduce the pain. The Jumperband relieves the patella tendon by pressing on the bottom of the kneecap.
How to wear a jumperband
In front the band should be directly on the patella, in the back it should be under the hollow of the knee to ensure optimal effect and freedom of movement. During application of the jumperband, the affectet knee should be relaxed and bent at an angular degree of 20.