Knee Pain, Patellar / Quadriceps Tendinitis

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What is Patellar / Quadriceps Tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis is a common overuse injury. It occurs when repeated stress is placed on the patellar tendon. The stress results in tiny tears in the tendon, which the body attempts to repair. However when the tears in the tendon increase faster than what the body can recover, it causes the inflammation in the tendon to worsen.

How is Patellar / Quadriceps Tendinitis Diagnosed?

Physical examination by applying pressure to different parts of the knee determines exactly where the pain is. Pain associated with patellar tendinitis usually concentrates on the front part of the knee, just below the kneecap. Ultrasound is also used to reveal the location of tears in the patellar tendon. However MRI can reveal more subtle changes in the patellar tendon.

What are the Causes?

Repeated jumping is the most common cause of patellar tendinitis. Sudden increases in the intensity of physical activity or increases in frequency of activity also add stress to the tendon. Additionally, being overweight or obese increases the stress on the patellar tendon which in turn increases the risk of patellar tendinitis.

What are the Treatments?

Treatment includes resting which means to avoid running and jumping, massaging the patellar tendon which encourages tendon healing and strengthening the tendon by strengthening exercises which involve lowering weight slowly after raising it, such as a seated knee extension exercise.

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Knee Pain due to Osteoarthritis

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What is Knee Pain due to Osteoarthritis?

Knee pain due to osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that results in a gradual wearing away ofjoint cartilage.

Symptoms Due to Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?

A common symptom is morning stiffness that decreases with use. The knee may also pop of click, or even lock up at times.

What are the Treatments?

Treatments include pain-reducing medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs and exercises to strengthen the knee. Surgery may be required in the more problematic cases such as to remove loose bodies are which are causing the knee to lock up, or knee replacement for the more severe cases.

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Knee Pain Due to Meniscus Injury

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What is Knee Pain Due to Meniscus Injury?

The meniscus is a small “c” shaped cartilage that acts as a cushion in the knee joint. They sit between the femur and the tibia bone, one on the outside and one on the inside of the knee. A meniscus tear occurs when the cartilage tear and are injured usually during movements that forcefully rotate the knee while weight bearing.

How is Knee Pain Due to Meniscus Injury Diagnosed?

A meniscus tear is diagnosed by taking a complete history and performs a physical exam. Pain, pops, or clicks during this test may suggest a meniscus tear. An MRI may also be done to see the extent of the tear.

What are the Treatments?

Treatment varies depending on the extent and location of the meniscus tear. If the tear is minor a patient is usually referred for physical therapy. If there is a large meniscus tear, arthroscopic surgery would be required to repair the tear.

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