PATELLAR TENDONITIS CARE GUIDE

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Additional information on Patellar Tendonitis is available here.

PRIMARY GOAL
First you need to understand our main objective: Reducing strain on the patellar tendon. This will allow the inflammation to settle down and healing to begin.

REST
With that in mind, take it easy with activities that exacerbate your pain (running, jumping etc.) Even just a few days of rest can promote joint recovery.

ICE OR HEAT
With suspected tendonitis you want to go with icing over hot packs. This will help soothe the inflammation and stiffness. You can learn more about correct icing techniques on our Icing Instructional Guide. 

EXERCISES
Begin a targeted patellar tendonitis exercise program. For best results, make sure you address both strength and flexibility. 
Try to perform your exercises a few times a day. Slowly cycle down as the pain resolves.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Using these strategies you should start to see improvement within 1-3 days.

 

TENDONITIS BRACE

The evidence on knee braces is mixed and should not replace exercises. That said, many individuals report significant pain relief when utilizing a brace. There are a variety of knee brace types and it is important to pick the option that best fits your needs. For additional guidance, check out our Knee Braces Review page.

 

NOT IMPROVING FAST ENOUGH?
Connecting with a joint care professional is the logical next step. Many individuals find this a bit daunting and delay care. But it is important to keep in mind that, generally speaking, the earlier treatment is initiated the more likely you are to experience a full recovery. 

 

CARE ACCESS

To review your Physical Therapy options, check out our PT Resource Guide. To find a doctor or PT who accepts your insurance, our Physiobot Care Access Specialist is now available.

RESOURCES

-- Check with your doctor or physical therapist prior to  starting a new exercise program -- 

YOUR EXERCISES

For access to exercises customized for you, please access Physiobot for knee pain.