Patellar Tendonitis

What is it?

Patellar tendonitis is a condition where the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia) becomes irritated, inflamed and or swollen. The patellar tendon works with the muscles at the front of your thigh to extend your knee so that you can kick, run and jump. Tendonitis is a condition associated with overuse and degeneration, and can occur in other joints like the elbow and shoulder joint.



  • Pain is the first symptom of patellar tendinitis, usually between your kneecap and where the tendon attaches to your shinbone (tibia).
  • localized burning pain and swelling around the tendon.


  • Overuse of the patella tendon, including:
    • Physical activity, such as running and jumping.
    • Sudden increases in intensity and or an increase in repetition of an activity
  • Changing your running shoes.
  • Tight leg muscles
  • Muscular imbalance


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