This strap (also called a counterforce brace) can help support the tendon and reduce pain. It is worn as a band just below the knee.
Physical therapy will help:
Stretch and condition the quadriceps muscle, which attaches to the patella
Maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance
If the treatments above do not reduce inflammation, some doctors may recommend that you consider a cortisone injection. (This should be used only for chronic tendonitis that has not responded to other treatments that have been used for at least two months.) Check with your doctor to find out what is best for you. Avoid repeated cortisone injections.
Return to high-impact physical activity gradually. Healing has occurred when:
The knee can bend and straighten without pain.
You are able to jump on the injured leg without pain.
You are able to jog in a straight line without pain.
Swelling is gone.
Normal strength of the quadriceps muscles has returned.
You may need surgery if there is:
Advanced damage to the tendon
Little or no response to other treatments over a 6-12 month period
You may prevent patellar tendinopathy by:
Avoiding activities and sports that repeatedly stress the kneecaps
Gradually increasing the frequency and intensity of exercise
Regularly doing quadriceps muscle stretching and strengthening exercises
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a