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  • E-Young Khoo

Knee cap pain? No 'Kneed' to worry

Patella tendinopathy, also known as jumper's knee, is a common overuse injury that affects the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the shinbone. It typically occurs in athletes who participate in sports that involve jumping and landing repeatedly, such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

The symptoms of patella tendinopathy can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, swelling, and tenderness around the knee joint. In some cases, the pain may be so severe that it affects an individual's ability to participate in sports or perform daily activities.

Physiotherapy is a common treatment option for patella tendinopathy. Our physiotherapists will work with the individual to develop a customized treatment plan based on their specific needs and goals. This plan may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or shockwave therapy.

Exercise therapy is a crucial component of physiotherapy for patella tendinopathy. The goal of exercise therapy is to improve the strength and flexibility of the patellar tendon and the surrounding muscles, which can help reduce pain and improve function. Common exercises for patella tendinopathy include eccentric strengthening exercises, which involve lengthening the tendon while under tension, and isometric exercises, which involve holding a muscle contraction without movement.

Manual therapy, such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching, can also be beneficial for individuals with patella tendinopathy. These techniques can help reduce pain and improve range of motion around the knee joint.

In addition to exercise and manual therapy, our physiotherapists may recommend other modalities to help manage pain and inflammation. Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and shockwave therapy are all examples of modalities that may be used to help promote healing and reduce pain.

Overall, physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for patella tendinopathy. By working with our physiotherapists to develop a customized treatment plan, individuals with patella tendinopathy can improve their pain and function and return to their desired activities.

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