Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s Knee Treatment

Jumpers Knee perhaps less well known, but just as common, is patellar tendonitis. The patellar tendon attaches the kneecap to the shinbone, and excessive jumping can cause tenderness.  In fact, it can cause microscopic tears, which can lead to serious damage.

Symptoms include swelling of the knee joint, which may lead to the area itself becoming warm or even hot to the touch.  This can mean that any movement of the knee, such as when walking or climbing stairs, becomes very painful and difficult.

 

Prevention is better than cure

Here at Active Physiotherapy we are on hand to help you when you suffer an injury, no matter what the cause. However, we all know that prevention is even better.  Here are our top tips to keep yourself fighting fit and on top of your game.

  • Choose the right shoes for the job.  Making sure you have good support on your feet will reduce the chance of you experiencing an ankle injury.  Many shoes have additional padding, which in turn can reduce the pressure on your knees when you are forced to jump.
  • Make sure you have the right technique, even if it means paying for some expert help.  It is important to make sure you are not overstretching whilst making a shot, and that you are as balanced as possible. This can be difficult to ascertain on your own, but can make all the difference to your posture and pain levels.
  • Warm up and cool down. Just because you’re not going for a run doesn’t mean your muscles don’t need to be eased in, and out of your exercise.  Going in cold will put more strain on all your muscles, which will make them more likely to become injured.
  • Take it easy. We all know that summer doesn’t last as long as we’d like, and it can be tempting to get as much court time as possible whilst the sun’s shining; however, take regular breaks. Give your body time to recover from your last session before you head out again so as to avoid over exerting yourself.