Shockwave Conditions EMS Patella Tendon Pain

The patella tendon is below the knee and connects to the lower leg bone called the Tibia. This condition is also described as “jumpers knee”, as it can become a common problem for athletes with an overuse injury such as volley ball or basket ball players. It can also be initiated by running or simply kneeling for extended periods without protection on hard surfaces.

Pain is fell across the patella tendon and it is made worse by bending the knee.  Swelling and thickening of the tendon may be seen on an ultrasound scan and sometimes an increased vascularity marking it as ‘inflamed’ which is characteristic of more stubborn conditions. Diagnostic imaging can be useful to rule out other causes of knee pain.

The condition can become a long standing with recovery rates from 6 months to 2 years.

Crupnik J

Eccentric loading plus radial shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic patellar tendinopathy. Abstracts 12th International Congress of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Shockwave Therapy, Sorrento, Italy, 2009, 26-27

Lohrer H, SchÖll J, Arentz S

Achillodynie und Patellaspitzensyndrom – Ergebnisse der Behandlung austherapierter, chronischer Fälle mit radialen Stosswellen. Sportverl Sportschad 2002; 16: 108-114