Patellar tendonitis is an overuse injury resulting from repeated stress on the patellar tendon. The repeated stress creates small tears in the tendon, which the body will begin to repair. As the tears begin to multiply, they cause pain due to inflammation and weakening of the tendon. If the damaged tendon continues to tear, the injury will eventually lead to tendinopathy.
The main symptom of patellar tendonitis is pain or tenderness between the knee and the shinbone. This pain may initially be felt at the start of physical activity or after a particularly intense workout. As the injury progresses, the pain may be present while walking up stairs, rising from a chair, or performing other such daily activities.
Initial treatment for patellar tendonitis will typically involve the following conservative methods: