Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper's knee, is a common overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation in the patellar tendon. This tendon connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. When the tendon becomes irritated or inflamed, it becomes painful to walk, run, jump or kneel.
What Causes Patellar Tendonitis?
Patellar tendonitis is usually caused by repetitive overuse activities that put strain on the tendon over time. Sports that involve frequent jumping like basketball and volleyball often lead to patellar tendinitis. Other causes include:
- Running or jogging, especially downhill running
- Repeated kneeling or squatting
- Improper landing from jumps
- Muscle imbalances or weaknesses in the legs
- Tight calf muscles or hamstrings
- Flat feet or high arches
- Poor alignment and tracking of the kneecap
- Pain and tenderness directly over the patellar tendon, especially when touched or after activity
- Stiffness behind the kneecap that is worse with rest
- Pain that increases when going up and down stairs, squatting, kneeling or jumping
- Aching pain while sitting for long periods with the knee bent
- Tenderness, swelling or small tear in the tendon
- Feeling like the knee might give out when exercising
- Severe cases may make it difficult to straighten the leg fully. The pain typically starts gradually and worsens over time without proper rest and treatment.
Best Knee Braces for Patellar Tendonitis
Wearing a quality knee brace can help provide compression, improve patellar tracking, decrease strain on the tendon and relieve pain associated with patellar tendonitis. The best knee braces for jumper's knee include:
The Genumedi PSS Blue knee brace is an excellent option for managing patellar tendonitis pain and inflammation. This knee support features bilateral dual hinges that help improve patellar tracking and keep the kneecap stabilized within the trochlear groove during movement. The design reduces abnormal friction and pressure on the back of the kneecap, allowing the inflamed patellar tendon below it to heal. The PSS Blue brace has adjustable hook and loop fasteners to ensure a comfortable, customized fit. It also utilizes neoprene in the fabric to encourage therapeutic warmth and compression around the knee joint. For those suffering from persistent patellar tendonitis that has not improved with rest, the Genumedi PSS Blue knee support brace can provide much-needed patellar stabilization and protection to help relieve symptoms.
The Genumedi Pro ROM knee brace is a great option for treating patellar tendonitis while still allowing full range of motion. This brace has a unique thin and flexible design that will not restrict your movement or feel bulky. It provides patellar stabilization and improved tracking through the two stabilizer bars that compress gently against the sides of the kneecap to keep it aligned properly within the trochlear groove. For patellar tendonitis sufferers, this means reduced strain and friction on the inflamed tendon under the kneecap. The Pro ROM brace also increases proprioception and leg muscle activation for added support. With its lightweight, low-profile design combined with patellar stabilizing features, the Genumedi Pro ROM brace allows you to continue regular activity without aggravating patellar tendonitis pain.
The Protect Genu knee support is an excellent patellar tendonitis brace option that provides compression and stabilized support. This knee sleeve has integrated buttresses on each side that gently guide the kneecap into proper alignment within the trochlear groove. By improving patellar tracking and stabilizing the kneecap this way, it reduces abnormal pressure and friction on the posterior surface of the patella. For those with patellar tendonitis, this decreasing strain and irritation allows the inflamed tendon below the kneecap to start healing. The Protect Genu knee sleeve is made of soft, breathable fabric with adjustable straps to customize the compression. It also utilizes flexible supports in the fabric to reinforce the kneecap on each side. For patellar tendonitis sufferers looking for a comfortable yet supportive brace, the Protect Genu helps stabilize the kneecap while also relieving pain.
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