Jumper’s Knee – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco is a leading group of knee surgeons providing effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. The surgeons specialize in using surgical and non-surgical modalities to treat acute and chronic disorders of the knee joint.

Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s Knee, or Patellar Tendinopathy, is a medical condition which characteristically results from excessive use of the joint. The problem affects the patellar (kneecap) tendon and may progress from a minor strain to complete tearing of the tendon. The knee is the largest joint where the femur meets the shin bone and is protected by the kneecap. A group of muscles, tendons and ligaments support the joint as well as facilitate the movement of the three bones. However, repetitive and stressful movement may damage the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. This creates discomfort and may affect the person’s ability to play a sport or perform daily activities. Jumper’s Knee most commonly affects kids between the age of 12 and 16 due to high level of physical activity.

Causes Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Weakness of gluteal muscles
  • Tight hamstring, calf and quadriceps muscles
  • Excessive jumping, running or physical activities
  • Sports such as basketball, tennis, hockey etc. which require a lot of running or sudden shift in directions
  • Lack of a warm up or cool down before and after an activity

Symptoms Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Pain in the anterior part of the knee joint
  • Pain may be persistent or occur following a physical activity
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling, redness and tenderness
  • Pain may be felt in the quadriceps muscles
  • Stiffness, particularly while climbing stairs, kneeling or straightening the leg
  • Warmth may spread across the joint
  • Inability to balance the lower limbs

Diagnosis Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Detailed clinical observation and examination of the affected knee
  • Analysis of patient’s previous knee injuries and existing symptoms
  • Range of motion may be tested
  • Functional tests may be done to identify the specific movements that trigger pain
  • MRI or CT scan may be done to check for tendon thickening
  • X-ray imaging may help to rule out bone damage and other structural changes in the knee

Treatment For Jumper’s Knee

  • Ice pack application at regular intervals may relieve pain and stiffness
  • Rest the knee at an elevated position
  • Soft bandage may be wrapped around the leg or knee for compression
  • Infrapatellar strap can be worn to provide support to the joint
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to combat pain
  • Physical therapy may help to regain strength and balance as well as improve joint flexibility
  • Surgical removal of the damaged parts of the tendon and other soft tissues
  • Surgery to relieve pressure from the patellar tendon

For comprehensive treatment of Jumper’s Knee, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.