Shockwave Therapy for Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar Tendonitis, or ‘jumpers knee’ has in recent times become one of the most popular conditions to be treated by shockwave therapy as medical research has shown how effective the treatment can be in treating the problem. While Patellar Tendonitis is common amongst jumpers as its common name suggests it also affects other sportsmen that jump such as basketball and volleyball players and sports such as football where sudden changes of direction are made. Although Patellar Tendonitis is most often related to high demand physical activity, it has also been described in sedentary individuals.
Signs & Symptoms of Patellar Tendonitis
Pain and tenderness at the base of the kneecap are usually the initial symptoms of patellar tendonitis. You may also notice swelling and feel a burning pain in the kneecap. Kneeling down or getting up from a squat can be particularly painful and there is often a noticeable loss of leg and calf power. The pain generally starts after exercise, and if the exercise is continued the pain and discomfort will increase. Jumping, running, and landing are likely to make the pain worse.
What Happens During Shockwave Therapy for Patellar Tendonitis?
Please arrive at the clinic wearing casual clothes. During shock wave therapy, high-intensity sound waves are sent to the tissues of the Patellar. This stimulates numerous beneficial effects such as the ingrowth of new blood vessel, the reversal of chronic inflammation and the stimulation of new tissue growth.
How We Apply Shockwave Therapy for Patellar Tendonitis
We will isolate the area that needs to be treated and use a gel to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly. Rather than the regular gels that some practitioners use, we now advocate and use castor oil as the medium between the shockwave equipment and the patient for many of our shockwave procedures. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil. Then using our focussed shockwave equipment we will start sending gentle impulses to the area. Discomfort will be kept to a minimum and gradually the impulses will become more intense, although little pain will be felt and if it is it will gradually dissipate over a few days.
How Long Will the Shockwave Therapy Take to Work?
Generally, shockwave for Patellar Tendonitis pain will resolve after three to four sessions, depending on your condition and how long you may have suffered with it before seeing us, while early diagnosis can reduce the number of sessions needed.
As part of your treatment it is important that you work with your physical therapist to ensure that you have an exercise regime and massage to ensure full recovery.
Chronic patellar tendinopathies are common and difficult to treat and shockwave therapy offers a welcome alternative to invasive surgical procedures. The application of focused shockwaves has shown good or excellent results similar or better to surgery, with the advantage of being a non invasive procedure with minimal side effects.
We are one of the few shockwave therapy specialist clinics in the UK with the expertise of treating Achilles Tendonitis using the latest Swiss engineered focussed shockwave equipment. We undertake this in conjunction with a course of physiotherapy to aid the outcome of the treatment.
To find out more, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now – or better still call us right away to discuss your problem: Tel: 020 8549 6666.
A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine concluded “Extracorporeal shockwave therapy appeared to be more effective and safer than traditional conservative treatments in the management of patients with chronic patellar tendinopathy.” You can read their research here.