Patellar tendonitis

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Background

  • Seen in runners, basketball and volleyball players, high jumpers

Clinical Features

  • Pain referred to area of patellar tendon
  • Pain worsened with going from sitting to standing and running (especially uphill)
    • Point tenderness at distal aspect of patella or proximal part of patellar tendon

Differential Diagnosis

Knee diagnoses

Acute knee injury

Nontraumatic/Subacute

Evaluation

  • Generally a clinical diagnosis

Management

  • Heat, NSAIDs, quadriceps-strengthening exercises

Disposition

  • Discharge

See Also

References

Authors

Michael Holtz