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Tendinopathies

Tendinopathies

The knee joint comprises of the bones of the thigh and the leg along with several muscles and tendons (ends of the muscle that connects the muscle to the bone). The term tendonitis refers to inflammation of the tendons. The tendons and the other structures in the knee joint are regularly exposed to various ranges of wear and tear. The amount of regular usage is generally higher in individuals involved in athletics and certain other sports such as football, netball, basketball or rowing. The tendons of the knee may often become inflamed owing to overuse of the knee or trauma involving the knee joint. tendons have a poor blood supply and the healing processes are still not fully understood. In a high percentage of pateints there is degenerative change without inflammation within within tendon but inflammaation of the synovial membrane around the tendon (tenosynovitis)

Types of knee tendonitis
Some of the specific types of knee tendonitis include: patellar tendonitis (also called ‘jumper’s knee’), quadriceps tendonitis and iliotibial band friction syndrome.
The patellar tendonitis is the commonest type of tendonitis of the knee and is hence also referred to as knee tendonitis in some cases. Other common name used to denote patellar tendonitis is jumper’s knee. Athletes involved in sports such as running, jumping and other movements of the legs that put high pressure on the knees or result in extensive usage of the knee joint are more prone to knee tendonitis. Such pressures commonly result in microscopic tears which tend to increase over time and finally resulting in inflammation of the tendons.
Knee tendonitis may also be noticed in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis which is characterised by inflammation of multiple joints in the body. Aging in general affects the functioning of different parts of the body and may also have a role in the occurrence of knee tendonitis. It has also been noted that knee tendonitis is commonly noted in individuals and athletes in whom the muscles of the knee have been matured to the maximum extent. Trauma or injury to the knee due to a fall or awkward extension of the knee joint may also result in knee tendonitis in certain instances.
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