Treatment for Tendinitis of the Knee From Joint Specialists in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ
Tendinitis of the knee is very common among athletes and other active individuals. This painful overuse injury occurs when a knee tendon – a flexible band of tissue that connects muscle to bone – is stretched repeatedly through the same movement performed over a long period of time. Pain and swelling can occur as the inflamed tendon transfers the pull of the muscle to the bone during movement.
How Is Tendinitis of the Knee Treated?
Tendinitis of the knee can often be treated conservatively. After confirming a diagnosis, the joint specialists at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) in Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, may suggest an individualized regimen of home care, which may include:
- A break from physical activity to allow the inflamed tendon time to rest and heal
- Ice applications as needed to control inflammation and reduce swelling
- Elevation of the affected knee to promote blood circulation and healing
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to decrease swelling and alleviate pain
- Targeted exercise to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint
Additionally, to address very severe or persistent pain, cortisone injections may be considered. This treatment involves the injection of a powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly into the affected tendon.
Recovering from tendinitis of the knee requires time and patience. With proper rest and care, the pain should become less noticeable within a few weeks, but complete healing can take longer. It’s important to return to activity gradually and to warm up properly before exercising. Overuse of the affected tendon before healing is complete can lead to recurrence.
Knee Pain? Turn to AOSMI
If you think you might have tendinitis of the knee, you can consult with an experienced orthopedist or sports medicine doctor at AOSMI. Our team is available at our Freehold office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. We have additional appointment availability at our satellite office in Monroe Township, NJ.
Contact AOSMI today, and allow us to help you feel better, faster.