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A 18-year-old female asked:

what should one do if they were just told that they have patellar tendonitis?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Acute or chronic?: It depends on the cause. If the tendinitis is acute and caused by injury the important treatment is rest. If you have chronic tendinitis it may require physical therapy, medication, and/or injection. If all else fails there is also surgery for some types of tendinitis. At your age there is a seperate problem which often looks like tendinitis called chondromalacia patellae. PT is its treatment
Dr. James Natalie
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
Stretch your quads: The most important part of patellar tendonitis treatment is getting on a regular treatment program that includes quadriceps (front of the thigh) stretching. Stretches should be held for 30 sec, gradually working up to 2-3 x per day. Straps can be helpful when placed right under the knee over the patellar and may allow earlier return to play

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What can I do to treat patellar tendonitis?

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RICE it.: The proper treatment of tendonitis is “r.I.C.E.” or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest includes avoiding the activity or overuse that led to the tendonitis. Once resolved, stretching and strengthening of the affected area can slowly resume.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long will patellar tendonitis take to heal?

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It depends: This depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms and the treatment plan. A rehab program can sometimes take 4-12 weeks to resolve symptoms completely. If surgery is done, sometimes recovery can be accelerated to approximately 6 weeks, though surgery is not the first option for this condition.
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What could I do to remedy patellar tendonitis?

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Knee brace: Wearing a knee brace will help to reduce strain on the knee as well as increase local temperature will can help with healing. It is important to reduce activity so as not to further injure the joint.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

How do I treat patellar tendonitis that wont go away?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
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See Orthopaedic doc: Tendinitis is common in many joints, but can be particularly troublesome in the knees. Ice, braces and otc nsaid's are a good home treatments. If that is ineffective, see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. Physical therapy, oral/injectable steroids and/or surgery may be needed.
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Patellar tendonitis cures?

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Relative rest: Things to try: regular NSAID use, restrict painfull activities (squattting and kneeling), restore quadricep strength and stretch illiotibial band.

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