How to Treat an Inflamed Patellar Tendon


Pain in the knees can be caused by many reasons; one of them is an inflamed patellar tendon. This condition is sometimes also called "Jumpers Knees". The main symptoms are swelling, soreness and pain in the knees. These symptoms can also indicate other types of knees related injuries.

  • Check the knee that is hurting and look for soreness and inflammation of the patellar tendon (around the knee). Also, note any feeling of pains when resting the knee. If you have any of these symptoms call your doctor to get an x-ray of the knee. By reviewing this test, the doctor can determine which is the problem affecting your knee and recommend the proper treatment.

    Some Patellar tendon swellings are mild and may heal with simple home remedies and with a little bit of time.

  • Give your injured knee rest and relaxation to heal an inflamed patellar tendon. If you exercise or run regularly, stop for a few days to rest the tendon or knee ligament. Stop exercising until the swelling and pain are completely gone.

  • Use cold therapy to treat the swelling on the knees. Use ice or cold therapy pads for 20 minutes three times a day until the inflammation and pain disappear. Avoid heat and moist therapies, heat may make the swelling on the knee even worse.

  • Take an anti- inflammatory medicine to treat an inflamed patellar tendon. Advil, Motrin and Aleve are some of the anti inflammatory, over the counter medications that may help to reduce the swelling on the knees. Follow the directions on the product's package or a doctor's recommendation for dosage.

  • Use proper care when working out, running or practicing sport activities to avoid future inflamed patellar tendon problems. Use proper shoes that provide shock absorbency and support for your legs. Warm up your legs using stretching exercises before and after your routines. These exercises relax the tendons and muscles helping to avoid injuries.

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