Knee Pain Treatment Cairns Patella Tendinopathy Treatment Cairns

Patella Tendinopathy treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is Patella Tendinopathy? It’s a condition that is characterized by inflammation or degeneration of the Patella Tendon, which is the tendon from your quadriceps muscle and runs over your knee cap (patella) and attaches to the top of your shin bone (Tibia). Patella Tendinopathy is commonly known as ‘Jumper’s Knee’ as it is a frequent complaint from athlete’s who play sports that involve a lot of jumping e.g. Volleyball, netball etc. The quadriceps muscle is heavily involved in explosive jumping activities and therefore leads to excessive force and pressure through the patella tendon. If the tendon isn’t strong enough to cope with this repetitive load, it begins to break down, degenerative and start to cause pain. If you think you may have Patella Tendinopathy, we can help with diagnosis and development of an individualised Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan.

What causes Patella Tendinopathy?

Patella Tendinopathy can occur in any individual and at any age. Most patients who present with the condition generally have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Sudden increase in jumping
  • Pronated foot type
  • Flexible knees
  • Poor hamstring & quad strength
  • Inappropriate Footwear
  • Knocked knees
  • High levels of physical activity
  • Increased ‘Q’ angle

How is Patella Tendinopathy diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination and history is generally sufficient to Diagnose Patella Tendinopathy; however, a diagnostic ultrasound may be requested to confirm or rule out any other pathology. Once that is completed, we will prepare a customised Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, to suit your specific symptoms and biomechanics.

Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment Options

At FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics we develop Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plans, to suit and address the presenting risk factors and biomechanics of each individual patient. Some of the common modalities we would incorporate into a Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, is as follows.

  • Rest, Ice, Anti-inflammatories
  • Taping
  • Strengthening program (quads, gluts)
  • Custom insoles
  • Load modification
  • Footwear advice
  • Patella Bracing
  • Release of lateral muscles

Patella Tendinopathy - Prognosis

Providing absolute compliance, the majority of patients respond well to the conservative treatments outlined in their individual Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan. As with most tendon issues, strengthening is the most important facet of treatment as it improves the injured tendon’s ability to take load. Our Podiatrists will run our patients through a tailored strengthening program that needs to be gradually increased and altered over time. Recovery time is dependent on a number of factors, largely; the amount of time the issue has been present as well as the severity of the tendonitis. Surgery is very rarely indicated in any of our Patella Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plans.


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