Also known as “jumper’s knee” and “patellar tendonitis,” knee tendonitis is a common disease to affect athletes as they grow older. It is a chronic disease that takes time to develop, becoming worse over time. Those afflicted by this ailment often experienced a swollen knee tendon, a crunching feeling in the knee, or general pain when doing anything that requires use of the knee joint.
Regular exposure to extensive wear on the tendons of the knee is the most common cause of knee tendonitis. Those most affected are usually people who have been heavily involved in movement intensive sports such as football, rugby, running, vaulting, etc. These activities constantly wear on the joints and inflame the tendon after time.
Certain types of employment can also contribute to knee tendonitis. Jobs that require a lot of bending and lifting, or those that involve a lot of walking, may contribute to this condition as well.
Simply stretching and warming up before exercise and knee intensive sports can do much to reduce one’s risk for tendonitis. Performing the sport with proper motions can also help.
If you have a responsibility that requires you to stand or sit in one position for a long period of time, get up and walk around periodically. Stretch your knees out and relieve the tension that has built up.
If you think that you may be developing knee tendonitis, talk to your doctor immediately. There is a greater chance of prevention if tendonitis is caught early on.
As always, a person should always discuss his condition with their doctor rather than attempting to cure themselves through information found online. Treatments differ for different intensities of tendonitis, but some of the most common ones are as follows:
One of the best things that you can do for your knees is to give them rest. Allow the body to heal, take a break from things that typically cause pain or use the joint. Make it a vacation day, sit back and enjoy some of your favorite movies and a bowl of popcorn; all while giving your knee some much needed rest.
In addition to letting your knees rest, you should stretch them regularly. This will help to keep them from becoming stiff and decrease inflammation. Stretch all the areas around your knee as well, including hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.
This should be done daily, even after the tendonitis has disappeared.
One common and very helpful treatment is placing ice on the inflamed area. This will decrease the swelling and manage the inflammation. This alone may bring increased mobility back to the joint.
One helpful piece of equipments that can serve to alleviate some of the pain is a knee brace. A cheap brace can be picked up at Walmart or any sports supply store. This cheap option may provide some relief, but if not there is not much lost.
If your condition is beyond what simple rest and stretching can fix, ask your doctor about anti-inflammatory medications. These can relieve pressure on your joints, making movement less painful. When ligaments and tendons become inflamed, they fill the joint with fluids that are not supposed to be there. This increases the pressure and, consequently, the pain.
For particularly painful cases, over the counter or prescription pain killers can help relieve the pain while you seek to fix the condition.
More advanced cases sometimes call for using a splint on the knee. This relieves some of the stress that is triggering the tendonitis and allows your knee to heal a little bit more easily.
Surgery is sometimes required for more severe cases. This is often the case when the tendon has a large tear or has ruptured. This will be followed by some time of rest, and then physical therapy.
The Assisted Benefit
Many young athletes have grown into older men and women who now suffer from knee tendonitis. Because they did not treat it earlier in life, their mobility is now greatly affected. Everyday life is difficult and they could greatly benefit from professional assistance.
Assisted living offers comfort for those who suffer from limited mobility. Helpful staff members are always around to provide help and encouragement. Facilities are set up for maximum convenience to the mobility impaired and can give a peace of mind to worried family.