Jumper’s knee (patella tendonitis) is a painful condition that can worsen over time if it is left untreated. It is usually a sports-related injury although it can also be triggered by other types of activity. When it is caught early enough, jumper’s knee can be easily treated by a chiropractor.
The patella tendon connects your knee cap to your shinbone, and it is used to move the muscles at the front of your thigh that you use to extend your leg. When the patella tendon is overused, this causes tiny tears in the tendon that, over time, can lead to inflammation and pain.
Symptoms of jumper’s knee include pain and tenderness behind the lower part of the knee cap where the patella tendon is located. The pain is often worse when exercising, and especially when taking part in an exercise that includes jumping and running. In more severe cases, the pain can happen whenever you bend or straighten your leg.
Jumper’s knee got its name because it is associated with taking part in sports that involve jumping, such as basketball. With that being said, it isn’t only people who regularly jump who develop jumper’s knee. It can also be triggered by other activities that require the same sort of extension of the leg. Risk factors for developing jumper’s knee include having tight quadriceps and/or hamstrings, having a muscle imbalance in the legs where some muscles are stronger than others, weak muscles in the lower stomach, pelvis, and upper legs, and a chronic illness that limits blood flow to the knee.
The most effective treatments for jumper’s knee will involve methods that focus on reducing inflammation and pain as well as working on the surrounding muscles to prevent the injury from re-occurring. Chiropractic care can offer a range of treatment methods that focus on exactly these factors, and chiropractors are highly qualified in dealing with problems related to how the musculoskeletal system operates.
Treatments can include:
When it comes to exercises that can help jumper’s knee, a chiropractor will be able to precisely assess whether there are any body alignment or muscle imbalance issues that could be contributing to the issue. They will also be able to suggest exercises that can help to strengthen the supporting muscles to protect the patellar tendon from becoming damaged again. For example, strengthening the thigh and stomach muscles can help to support the patellar tendon when it is in use. A chiropractic adjustment can help to get your body back in alignment to prevent extra stress and strain from being put on the knee.
Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) can be quite painful and it can limit your ability to take part in everyday activities. It is, however, usually relatively easy to treat. Chiropractic care can help by relieving the immediate pain and inflammation. It can also identify and treat any underlying issues with muscle balance and body alignment that could be making you more susceptible to this condition.
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