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Jumper’s Knee


Jumper’s Knee Specialist

People who play sports such as basketball or volleyball that involve jumping are at a higher risk of jumper’s knee which results from repetitive trauma or overuse. Rarely, an acute injury to the tendon that has not healed properly may also lead to jumper’s knee. Jumper’s knee specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for jumper’s knee in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

What is Jumper’s Knee?

Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendinitis, is inflammation of the patellar tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. This tendon helps in the extension of the lower leg.

Causes of Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s knee usually results from repetitive trauma or overuse, particularly from sports activities that involve jumping such as basketball or volleyball. Therefore, this condition is known as jumper’s knee. Rarely, this condition may also occur because of an acute injury to the tendon that has not healed properly.

When a jumper’s knee is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a jumper’s knee specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with jumper’s knee in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.

Symptoms of Jumper’s Knee

Pain over the patellar tendon is the first symptom of jumper’s knee. You may also have pain during activities, especially jumping or kneeling. Rarely, swelling around the tendon may be seen.

Diagnosis of Jumper’s Knee

Dr. Okoroha will evaluate your condition based on your symptoms and physical examination. An X-ray of the knee may be ordered to ensure that there is no problem involving the bones or bone spur around the knee. An MRI scan can reveal degenerative changes in the patellar tendon.

Treatment Options for Jumper’s Knee

After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.

Conservative Treatment Options for Jumper’s Knee:

  • Rest the injured knee and avoid activities such as running and jumping that worsen the condition.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to provide relief from pain and swelling associated with patellar tendinitis.
  • Stretching before exercising is important to prevent the recurrence of patellar tendinitis. These exercises can also help strengthen the patellar tendon and nearby muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles.
  • The application of ice to the affected area helps to control the inflammation and reduce the swelling.
  • A knee support or strap (called an intrapatellar strap or a Chopat strap) can be worn to relieve pain by directing the force away from your tendon and into the strap.
  • Iontophoresis involves the application of topical corticosteroid medication to the affected area with the help of a small device that uses an electric charge to deliver the medication through your skin.
  • Corticosteroid injection may be administered directly into the sheath around the affected patellar tendon under the guidance of an ultrasound. This helps to relieve pain and perform strength exercises without any pain.

Surgery for Jumper’s Knee

In rare cases, if there is persistent pain, surgery may be considered when other treatment options fail. Surgery involves the removal of severely damaged parts of your tendon and repair of any tears in the tendon.

If you have experienced jumper’s knee, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.