What exactly is Jumper's knee and how do you fix it? Jumper's knee or patellar tendonitis occurs when you have pain below or under your kneecap when performing jumping type activities. This is an overuse condition which develops over time and may begin as a slight pain only while performing the aggravating activity but may progress to constant pain if left untreated.
To Jump start your recovery process begin with R.I.C.E.
Avoid aggravating activities (no jumping, running, and limit stairs)
Control swelling using an ice pack
(swelling can limit your range of motion and increase your pain)
Use a knee brace, temporarily, which may help reduce pain and provide extra support
Lay on your back with your leg propped up on several pillows
It is very important to seek out a physical therapist to address any weakness, flexibility or motor control impairments you may have. The sooner you start physical therapy, the quicker your healing process and the quicker you can get back to Basketball, Running, Competitive Stair Climbing and other fun activities.
Give us a call today to schedule your first in-home physical therapy session with our Doctor of Physical Therapy. 847-920-7110