If you have knee pain and are an athlete you may be suffering from something called “jumper’s knee”. This condition is actually caused by tendinopathy of the quadriceps and patellar tendon. The name “jumper’s knee” is derived from the fact that repetitive jumping is the primary risk factor.
By loading the knee extensors (quadricep muscles) over and over again while jumping, you are stressing the knee as contracture of the muscles creates tension on the knee cap. Forces placed on the knee while landing have shown to actually be almost double of those created during takeoff.
Athletes that participate in sports that require repetitive forceful jumping and landing are most susceptible to develop this condition. Most notably, basketball and volleyball players have higher incidence of quadriceps tendinopathy.
Treatment to address quadriceps tendinopathy may include soft tissue massage of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves as well as joint manipulation of the low back, hip, knee, and ankle. Proper warm up of the muscles prior to activity as well as thorough stretching after the activity is vital for long term management of the condition.
Your favorite Rochester chiropractor, Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, has all the tools necessary to rehabilitate your knee condition and get you to optimal performance! Dunk on your opponents and schedule an appointment today!