During jumping sports where great amounts of stress are suddenly placed on the lower extremities of the body, patellar tendinopathy, best known as jumperâ€™s knee, can be a frequently reported type of injury. Patellar tendinopathy, or PT, ultimately alters an athleteâ€™s overall performance, affecting their capacity to jump, land, run and change direction. While their decline in performance can lead to decreased training tolerance, the symptoms associated with the condition also often results in missed training days and competition for a majority of athletes.
For those individuals diagnosed with PT, managing the condition can be very challenging, especially for athletes during the competition phase of a season. Because increased amounts of force are constantly being placed against the tendon, patellar tendinopathy may commonly require many treatment sessions before it can truly begin to heal. Itâ€™s essential to be patient during the rehabilitation process to achieve a full recovery.
Taking this into consideration, several guidelines may be followed in order to properly formulate a rehabilitation program to restore the original state of the individualâ€™s patella tendon and help athletes return to their regular training routines as soon as possible.
Patellar tendinopathy, best referred to as jumper’s knee, can be a challenging condition to manage for many athletes, especially during the phase of a competition season. Therefore, itâ€™s important to take a thorough history check of the individual to understand the cause of the injury and begin treatment as soon as possible, reducing the symptoms. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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