Tendonitis of the Patellar Tendon Treatment
The treatment for patellar tendinitis usually includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, and crutches. Other measures may include an elastic wrap, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for severe patellar tendinitis may include corticosteroid injections or oral corticosteroids.
Treatment for patellar tendinitis may include:
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Compression bandage:
- Apply an elastic wrap to the knee.
- Re-wrap the knee every few hours
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Knee immobilizer
- Ultrasound treatments:
- May reduce pain
- Patellar tendon stretching exercises
- Physical therapy for patellar tendinitis
Tendonitis of the Patellar Tendon Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of patellar tendinitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having patellar tendinitis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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