Is shock wave therapy effective for patellar tendonitis?

Not sure? This treatment is effective in treating unresponsive tennis elbow. I am personally not aware of this as a treatment for patellar tendonitis. If you have a recurring or recalcitrant patellar tendonitis, see an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and get a thorough knee exam. Even get a second opinion. You may have to alter your activities, take medications and give it plenty of time.
Maybe. High power eswt works by stimulating the bodies natural repair mechanism, there are no studies on the patellar tendon but it should help. Lower power shockwave is pretty useless. A newer treatment called prp has been proving successful for chronic tendonitis.

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I have nagging patellar tendonitis and physical therapy didn't work, What are my next steps?

Several choices. You have several choices: taping, anti inflamnatory medications, injection. In some rare cases surgery if all else fails. One of the most important treatments is time and rest. It is important that you give it a chance to heal by avoiding activities which irritate the tendon. Read more...

I've had patellar tendonitis now 2 yrs. All anyone is doing is physical theraphy and cortisone injection nothing working. Can anything be done?

See a rheumatologist. Patellar tendinitis lasting 2 years at your age could be due to overuse if you are very athletic. It could also be a sign of a disease associated with joint abnormalities or hypermobility syndrome. It is also possible you have the wrong diagnosis. Chondromalacia patella is a common condition for women your age which causes knee pain. There are also a number of other possibilities. Read more...

For patellar tendonitis I've heard of prp what exactly is that procedure and how many treatments is it. Is it experimental like I've been hearing?

See below: Prp is platelet rich plasma, which is obtained by spinning your blood in a tube, and then injected around the site of the lesion, whether its patellar tendon or elsewhere. Its being used for the last several years, for various diagnoses, and seems to be helpful in most patients. It can be repeated as needed. Read more...
Platelet rich plasm. You take blood from patient and centrifuge until you have the prp. This is injectedin joint or area of pain. Over weeks to months it will recruit stem cells to heal the area. No side effects since it is your own blood. Not experimental as there is plenty of data available. Read more...
PRP. is an excellent therapy for patellar tendonitis. The research is early but it is not experimental. It is safe, and in small studies, has been shown effective. I see you are nearby. I can provide this treatment if interested. Dr. Lebowitz World Wellness Health Institute (610) 228-0400. www.WorldWellnessHealth.com. Read more...