Jumper's Knee – Plano, TX
Dr. Adam Kouyoumjian is a board certified orthopedic sports surgeon serving the residents of Plano, TX. The surgeon specializes in treating injuries of the knee including Jumper’s Knee, fractures, Torn ACL etc. He also performs advanced surgical procedures to treat severe sports injuries.

Jumper's Knee

Jumper’s Knee, also termed as Patellar Tendinopathy, is an overuse injury causing pain in the front part of the knee. Excessive running or jumping is the major cause of inflammation in the patellar tendon that attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the shinbone. As in the case of any type of knee injury, Jumper’s Knee also requires immediate medical intervention to prevent it from worsening.

Causes Of Jumper's Knee

  • Regular participation in sports that involve changing and jumping movements
  • Excessive strain on the knee joint
  • Repetitive stress on the patellar or quadriceps tendon
  • Jumping sports such as volleyball, high jump, long jump or basketball
  • Non-jumping sports such as weightlifting and cycling
  • Being overweight
  • Abnormally high or low kneecap
  • Inequality in limb length
  • Inappropriate jumping and landing techniques
  • Playing on hard surfaces
  • Overtraining

Symptoms Of Jumper's Knee

  • Pain that is localized at the bottom of the kneecap
  • Slight but persistent pain in the knee
  • Extreme difficulty when trying to walk
  • Tenderness at the bottom of the patella
  • Stiffness in the knee after exercise
  • Redness over the affected area
  • Thickening of the patellar tendon
  • Significant weakness in the calf muscles

Diagnosis Of Jumper's Knee

  • The orthopedic sports surgeon may note down the medical history of the patient
  • The knee and leg may be carefully observed to look for swelling and bruising
  • The range of motion of the surrounding joints may also be tested
  • The patient may asked to perform certain movements that can cause pain, such as squats
  • Laboratory tests may be conducted if the doctor suspects an infection
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays may be required to confirm the diagnosis
  • Ultrasound and MRI scan may be performed to check for abnormalities in the tendon

Treatment For Jumper's Knee

Treatment for Jumper’s Knee is aimed at reducing the pain and inflammation as well as preventing the recurrence of injury. Most patients fully recover with conservative treatment and rarely require surgery.

Non-surgical treatment
 
  • Rest is imperative along with avoidance of any activities that worsen pain
  • Application of ice packs several times a day can help in reducing inflammation in the knee
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) may also provide relief from pain to a certain extent
  • Wearing heat retaining knee brace can assist in protecting and healing the tendon
  • A Jumper’s Knee strap may help to take the strain off the affected tendon and provide relief
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended to avoid recurrence of injury

Surgical treatment
  • Surgical treatment may be required in case conservative methods fail to provide any relief
  • The orthopedic sports surgeon may make a longitudinal or transverse cut in the tendon to remove damaged tissues

For treatment of Jumper’s Knee or any other knee injury, get in touch with Dr. Kouyoumjian. To request an appointment with the orthopedic sports surgeon in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072.