Patellar Tendinopathies

Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar tendinopathy is often seen in those individuals who are active and are participating in jumping sports or sports where there is a good deal of loading through the knees.

Typically the individual will present with pain just underneath the knee cap where the patellar ligament runs to the tibial tuberosity. The complaint will often gradually develop over time and the individual may report there to be tenderness on palpation of this area as well as discomfort with jumping, hopping, walking up and down stairs and kneeling.

The diagnosis of patellar tendinopathy is usually based on the case history presentation and physical assessment. In some cases further imaging may be requested by the osteopath, GP or sports medical doctor

Treatment and management is often focused on reducing the aggravating and maintaining factors to reduce further irritation. The osteopath may advise you to use ice, over the counter medications and provide hands on manual therapy. Exercise prescription and rehabilitation should also form a part of the management plan so that normal range of motion and strength and conditioning can be restored.

Principle Four Osteopathy also have shockwave therapy available for the treatment of patellar tendinopathy.  If you would like to find out more information about this condition and its treatment, please contact us at

How Can An Osteopath At Principle Four Osteopathy Help You?

  • Your Osteopath will take you through a detailed case history and assessment to help identify the cause of your injury and give you a diagnosis.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management plan that is appropriate for the injury or condition.  This also includes listening to your goals as a client and ensuring that the treatment and management plan is discussed with you and focused towards you achieving these goals.
  • In some cases your Osteopath may be required to refer for further assessment and investigation and this may be with one of our Trusted Professional Network of practitioners.
  • Your Osteopath may provide hands on Osteopathy or provide you with an exercise prescription / rehabilitation program.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management program that educates and shows you how to better manage your condition through stretching, mobility and strengthening where appropriate.

To find out more about how to better treat and manage your back or neck pain, please call 03 9670 9290 or book an appointment online to see one of our Osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.

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