Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon-fibers bundles which fix the muscles on bones. The condition causes pain and weakness in the joints and usually affects shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, heel and wrist.
If knee tendonitis is severe and causes tendon rupture, surgery may become necessary. But in most cases, treatment consists only in rest and drugs that relieves pain and inflammation caused by knee tendonitis. We recommend taking some steps to prevent knee tendonitis and avoid the consequences of the disease, meaning limiting the joint movement.
Knee tendonitis, very common in athletes, can affect also the ordinary people who demand too intense their muscles, such as those who practice a sport on vacation, for example. Tendonitis is a condition of the tendon – muscle action belt transmission. It can occur in any muscle region of the body, but there are areas with higher risk. In the upper limbs, best known tendonitis affects the elbows (especially to those who practice tennis), but those that cause the greatest physical troubles are at shoulder level. In the legs, is common the tendonitis of “Achilles” and the knee tendonitis. Without proper treatment, the effects may be felt long and extremely painful. Prevention includes exercises to develop muscle control, heating exercises before doing the exercise, gradual resumption of activity after an injury, etc.
Knee tendonitis symptoms
Pain is the first symptom of knee tendonitis. The pain is usually located in the tendon section between the patella and the area in which the tendon joins with the tibia. During physical activity, pain can be felt as sharp, especially during running or jumping. After training, the pain may persist as a slight itch.
Cause of knee tendonitis
Until now, there is no universally accepted version, but it is believed that knee tendonitis is a result of several factors. Among these factors, the most relevant to the discipline of Parkour is the stress on the patellar tendon: repeated jumps are most commonly associated with knee tendonitis. Sudden increases in the intensity of physical activity or the increase in frequency of activities puts a significant stress on the knee tendon.
The risk of getting knee tendonitis increases when movements are excessive and repetitive, movements of legs. For example, professional basketball players, tennis, baseball, etc. are susceptible to shoulder tendonitis, arms and elbows. Football players, dancers and runners are susceptible to tendonitis too, this time located in the legs (knee tendonitis and wrist tendonitis).
Do not have to be a performance athlete to have this knee tendonitis. The risks of getting knee tendonitis increases with age, once the muscles and tendons lose their elasticity. Wrong technique in any sport is the main factor in the overloading of tissues and tendons, which can lead to? Tendonitis!
Most cases of tendonitis do not require medical intervention. However, if the pain you feel will prevent you from accomplishing your daily activities or if the pain does not diminish over time (after rest and proper medication), do not hesitate to call a doctor. Doctor can help to reduce the pain you felt or to do some tests to eliminate other conditions that might cause pain.
Knee tendonitis may become chronic or prolonged and may lead to tendon rupture. Also, over time, it can cause permanent damage to the tissues which make up the tendon.
Sometimes the discomfort caused by knee tendonitis disappears within a few weeks, especially if you pause and allow the tissue to repair. If you continue to use the affected area, in our case the knees even if you feel pain, the condition heals harder and is more likely to become a chronic condition.