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What is Patellar Tendonitis?


Also known as Jumpers’ Knee

Patellar tendonitis occurs when there is pain and dysfunction in the patellar (knee cap) tendon – the small tendon that links the thigh muscle to the knee cap and shin.

It most commonly affects jumping or kicking athletes.

Activities that may cause pain.

  • Jumping
  • Running
  • Kicking a ball
  • Skipping
  • Changing direction quickly
  • Standing up after sitting for a long time
  • Walking stairs/hills


Why do I have it?

Patellar tendonitis is a gradual and progressive condition, therefore it commonly occurs from overload. Which basically means doing too much activity & placing too much load on the patellar tendon.


How do I make it better?

If overload is what makes tendons worse – careful loading is what also makes them better. So a tailored and specific strengthening and rehabilitation program for the patellar tendon and knee are required which should include some isometric exercises.  Hands on treatment may also be beneficial to address any other symptoms such as tight quadricepts or hamstring muscles which may be contributing.  Your osteopath will prescribe specific exercises to improve your function, strength and the sport you play. E.g. if you are a basketballer – agility drills and shooting/ jumping drills.


Time Frame?

This does often vary from patient to patient but a general timeframe is 3-8 weeks + Tendons have a slower healing rate than muscles due to the reduced bloody supply so it is important to be patient with your tendonitis.