Our NJ therapist has some great information about a common knee injury. “Jumper’s Knee” is an injury to the tendon that attaches the lower to the prominence on the proximal shin bone. This is the upper pole of the knee cap or patella to the quadriceps femoris muscle.
This affects about 20 percent of adult athletes in sports that require a lot of jumping. For example, volleyball and basketball. This can also affect people who are overweight or bow legged, knock kneed, or people who have lower limbs that are uneven. If I’m your sport you have a poor jumping technique, overtrain, or work on a hard surface, you have an increased risk for jumpers knee.
Our NJ Therapist has four different processes for jumpers knee.
Stage 1 is pain following activity with no disability.
Stage 2 is pain during and following with no disability.
Stage 3 is long pain during and following which affects your function.
Stage 4 is a full tendon tear that needs surgical repair.
There are many treatments used for jumpers knee, which NJ therapist can inform you on. First, reduce your knee activity. Other treatments are as followed: icing your knee for 15-30 mins after the activity, getting an exam of the hip, knee, ankle, and foot to assess joint function, stretching your hamstrings, calfs, quads, hip flexors, butt, iliotibial band, and tissues around the knee cap, doing strengthening exercises that target quads and other leg muscle, ultrasound and other therapies to help recovery, and finally taping to aid patellar tracking.
Chiropractors like our NJ therapists can examine and treat your whole body. To achieve successful treatment for jumpers knee, you would need local knee care and management of the lower kinetic chain.
Call us today if you have any issues relating to this or any other joint or back pain. We’re here to help.