Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendinitis, is a common knee injury that affects athletes who engage in jumping sports. It causes pain and discomfort in the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the shinbone.
To treat jumper’s knee, a physiotherapist may recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). They may also suggest exercises that strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as stretching exercises.
Rest is an essential component of the treatment plan for jumper’s knee. This means avoiding activities that cause pain or discomfort. Ice, compression, and elevation can also help reduce pain and swelling in the affected area.
Strengthening exercises can help improve the strength of the muscles surrounding the knee joint. Stronger muscles can help reduce the stress on the patellar tendon, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort. A physiotherapist can recommend exercises that are appropriate for your condition.
Stretching exercises can also help reduce the pain associated with jumper’s knee. These exercises can help improve the flexibility of the muscles surrounding the knee joint, which can help reduce the stress on the patellar tendon.