Learn About the Different Types of Knee Tendonitis and How It’s Best Treated
September 30, 2022
Knee tendonitis is a common knee pain condition caused by overuse or repetitive motions. Your knee is a complex configuration of muscles, joints, and tendons that is responsible for bending and flexing your leg. Imagine how difficult it would be to sit if you had to keep your legs straight! If your job requires repetitive motions like bending and squatting, you’re more prone to develop knee tendonitis. This condition occurs when your knee’s tendons are irritated or have small tears. However, there are different types of tendonitis depending on what repetitive motion you’re making, and where your knee pain occurs.
At Pain Treatment Specialists, our team of Harvard-trained knee pain doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating a wide variety of knee pain conditions. Whether you have pain above the kneecap, inner knee pain when straightening the leg, posterior knee pain with extension, or inner knee bone pain, our team of interventional pain doctors can help. Our nationally recognized knee pain specialists utilize minimally invasive treatments for knee pain that are both highly effective and long-lasting. Schedule an appointment at one of our pain clinics in northern NJ, Long Island, or NYC today and find solutions for your chronic knee pain.
What are the Various Types of Knee Tendonitis
Knee tendonitis is characterized by inflammation and tiny tears of your knee’s tendons caused by repeated stress or repetitive motions. This is why it’s frequently nicknamed “jumper’s knee.” Common types of knee tendonitis include per anserinus tendonitis and popliteus tendonitis.
Per anserinus tendonitis is one of the most common types of tendonitis, and most often afflicts runners. The per anserinus tendons are just below the knee joint, and stops your leg from twisting outward while running.
Popliteus tendonitis is caused when you excessively roll your feet inward while running, which is most common when running downhill. This extra stress causes inflammation or tearing of this tendon.
Knee tendonitis makes it difficult to live your life normally. Your tendons are inflamed and very painful when moved, so walking, running, and climbing stairs become difficult tasks. If a joint near the inflamed tendon moves, this also causes extreme pain in your tendons. Instead of living with this intense pain, book an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists and find relief from your knee tendonitis symptoms.
What is the Best Treatment for Your Patellar Tendon?
Sometime, tendonitis heals on its own. With enough rest and recovery, the small tears or inflammation resolve themselves. However, if your knee pain continues to return, it’s time to find minimally invasive solutions for your knee pain. At Pain Treatment Specialists, our knee pain doctors know what helps tendonitis in the knee and how to find effective pain relief.
Steroid injections are highly effective at providing powerful knee pain relief. Your knee pain specialist identifies the area for injection and then administers the corticosteroid shot. This medicine provides concentrated pain relief and greatly reduces swelling. The best part about this treatment is that you’ll be up and on your feet the same day with no recovery time.
Physical therapy is often used in conjunction with steroid injections to prevent further tendonitis flare-ups. Your physical therapist knows how to build the muscles around your knee to provide additional support and stability. They can also administer heat and cold therapies to relieve your current pain and swelling. Steroid injections are often useful to reduce your pain enough to begin a course of physical therapy sessions.
Platelet-rich plasma injections use your own blood to facilitate growth and healing. PRP injections are commonly used to treat tendonitis, injured ligaments, and strained muscles. Your doctor injects your platelet-rich blood into the injured area, which begins new cell growth and regeneration.
If you’re experiencing sharp pain under the kneecap, mcl bursitis symptoms, or knee pain lateral movement, contact Pain Treatment Specialists. Our team of Harvard-trained knee pain specialists are ready to find a customized treatment plan that works to relieve your type of knee tendonitis.
How Can You Prevent Knee Joint Pain?
While some injuries like tendonitis are unavoidable due to the repeated stress on your tendons, you can prevent knee joint pain by following a few simple steps to reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight puts less stress on all of your joints, and is good for your overall health. Make sure you warm up and stretch properly before beginning any athletic activities, and consider switching to more low-impact activities like swimming or yoga. Weight training builds overall strength and allows you to better control small muscle groups. Invest in quality footwear that has proper arch support and plenty of cushioning. Also, if you participate in a sport with a lot of jumping, you may want to consult with a sports trainer to see if you can modify your form to prevent future injuries.
Patellar tendonitis, also known as knee tendonitis, affects your body every time you move. Instead of gritting through the pain, book an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists and find out how much better you’ll feel after your customized knee pain treatment plan.
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