Injury or inflammation to the patellar tendon (tissue that connects the kneecap to the shinbone). The action of patellar tendon is to help assist with extension (kicking out) of the knee joint. Also know as “Jumpers Knee”, as this condition is common in patients who play sports that include frequent jumping.
Symptoms include pain along the patellar tendon, that worsens after playing a sport or jumping. Simple activities such as rising from a chair or going up stairs may cause increased pain.