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Patellar Tendinitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is patellar tendinitis?

Patellar tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shinbone. It may be a short-term condition or develop into a long-term weakness in your knee.

What increases my risk for patellar tendinitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of patellar tendinitis?

Patellar tendonitis begins with pain or swelling at your knee. You may feel sharp or aching pain before or after activity. Your condition may progress until you feel pain all of the time.

How is patellar tendonitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your knee and the muscles around your knee. Your provider will ask about your symptoms and when they began. Your provider will also ask if you have recently taken antibiotics or have had a previous knee injury.

How is patellar tendinitis treated?

Treatment options

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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