Best Products For Jumper's knee/Patella tendonitis
Patella tendonitis/tendinopathy, also known as Jumper's knee is inflammation/degeneration of the Patella tendon at the front of the knee.
We recommend the following products help treat and prevent patella tendon injuries:
Hot & Cold Therapy
One of the most important elements of treatment for Jumpers knee/Patella tendinopathy is to reduce pain and inflammation. Applying a cold therapy gel pack for 10 to 15 minutes every couple of hours initially is one of the most effective ways of doing this.
Re-usable cold therapy and compression wraps are more convenient than ice and later in the rehabilitation process can be used to apply heat.
Patella Tendon Strap
Patella tendon straps wrap around the knee, just below the patella (kneecap). They work by applying pressure to the tendon. As a result, the forces on the tendon are changed, relieving pain and aiding the healing process.
Using a foam roller regularly, in particular on your quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh really helps relax the muscles, espeically combined with stretching. As a result, strain on the patella tendon is reduced.
Most people do not have access to daily deep tissue massage. However, you can get the same benefits with a foam roller. Work the foam roller along the tendon from the knee upwards.
It is a good idea to maintain this as part of your warm up, even when you think you are better.
A common contributing factor with Patella tendon injuries is overpronation. This is where your feet roll in or flatten too much. As a result, your ankle and lower leg rotates inwards, increasing strain on the soft tissues and pulling your knee out of alignment.
Insoles help control the position of your heel, preventing your foot from flattening and encouraging correct biomechanics.