Patellar tendonitis can usually be managed and treated without need for surgery and in most cases you should expect to feel improvement within a couple of weeks of rest. Some simple stretches for knee tendonitis will also help to alleviate the symptoms caused by tendon damage in knee.
If your pain is more severe, or continues for longer, assessment by a consultant would be advised to help accurately determine the extent of the tendonitis and of any damage to the tendon.
Pain cause by patellar tendonitis can usually be treated effectively using one of the following methods:
· Ice: A cold ice pack on the affected knee may help to reduce the swelling and pain of a torn tendon in knee.
· Medication: Painkillers, particularly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
· Physical therapy: Your consultant may recommend that you see a physiotherapist for help. If the tendonitis in your knee has been caused by overuse, a physiotherapist will be able to help show you alternative ways to carry out certain movements, in order to lower the risk of experiencing tendonitis again. These knee tendonitis exercises can be particularly helpful for sportspeople, who are often required to perform the types of repetitive movements that can increase the risk of tendonitis. It is advisable to wear knee support for tendonitis, such as a patellar tendon knee strap, while exercising.
· Rest: Sometimes, the best thing you can do to aid recovery from tendonitis in your knee is to rest your leg. While this may appear impractical, rest can promote healing as well as remove the risk of putting any additional strain on the affected tendon by mistake.
· Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection: This form of platelet therapy uses an individual’s own healing system to encourage healing. This involves injecting plasma taken from the patient’s own blood platelets directly into the knee for speedy pain relief.
In more severe or long-term cases of tendonitis, you may be advised to have surgery. Long-term tendonitis in the knee can sometimes lead to a tear/rupture of the tendon; if this occurs, surgery will probably be required to repair the damage.
Following the procedure, you will be prescribed a course of physiotherapy to help you to recover and return to normal levels of activity.