Jumper’s Knee - McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon practising in McKinney, TX. He provides comprehensive treatment for a wide range of sports injuries to the knee joint, such as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, Shin Splints, Jumper’s Knee etc.

Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s Knee, also referred to as Patellar Tendonitis, is a common injury due to overuse and excessive straining. It affects the patellar tendon which is a tissue connecting the patella (knee cap) to the upper part of the tibia (shin bone). The condition is generally seen in athletes who are constantly involved in jumping or exercises that strain the quadriceps (thigh muscles) or patellar tendon leading to its inflammation or injury. It can be graded into different categories depending on the severity of the injury:

  • Grade I- No functional disability but discomfort/pain after an activity
  • Grade II- Pain/discomfort is experienced during and after activity
  • Grade III- Considerable pain during an activity which may hamper the ability to move
  • Grade IV- Severe injury or complete tearing of the patellar tendon

Causes Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Infection
  • Over stretching or tearing of the tendon
  • Landing inappropriately after a jump
  • Excess body weight may put excessive stress on the kneecap
  • Congenital disorder that may involve variation in limb length or inappropriate positioning of the kneecap
  • Degeneration of collagen

Symptoms Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Weakness in the legs or calf muscles
  • Pain below the knee cap, in the quadriceps muscles, in the patellar tendon
  • Pain may be experienced while bending the knee
  • Inability or difficulty in jumping, squatting, walking up the stairs or kneeling
  • Stiffness in the muscles and knee joint
  • The knee cap may feel tender when touched

Diagnosis Of Jumper’s Knee

  • Evaluation of the medical history of the patient
  • Physical examination of the knee joint
  • Assessment of the cause and duration of pain or discomfort in the patient
  • MRI/ultrasonography may help to detect abnormalities related to the tendons and ligaments
  • Laboratory tests may be recommended if the doctor suspects infection in the knee joint
  • X-ray imaging to study the alignment of bones

Treatment For Jumper’s Knee

  • The doctor may ask the patient to refrain from activities that exert pressure on the knee cap or upper leg
  • Application of ice packs may help to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Specific strengthening and stretching exercises may be prescribed by the doctor as a part of the rehabilitation programme
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to combat pain
  • Using an external knee support or brace may provide support to the knee and avoid stress
  • Patella tendon taping technique may be used
  • Electrotherapy may be used by the therapist to reduce pain and inflammation

For diagnosis and treatment of Jumper’s Knee, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.