Patellar (Knee) Tendonitis & Tendinosis
Patellar tendonitis and patellar tendinosis are differentiated by the level of inflammation present. Tendonitis presents with more inflammation of the tendon surrounding the patellar joint, whereas tendinosis is strictly the tearing and failed healing of the ligament. Both conditions are associated with consistent pain in the knee area. Sometimes the disorders are referred to as “jumper’s knee” or “Sinding-Larson-Johansson Disease.” The conditions are often caused by overuse injuries. Tearing, degeneration, and subsequent inflammation is how the disease progresses in most patients.
Traditional Treatment Options for Patellar Tendonitis & Tendinosis
Both conditions are treated with exercise, rest, and medication. Tendonitis can be treated effectively with some anti-inflammatory drugs. The conditions can become chronic, however, and a patient’s response to these therapies diminishes over time. Surgery on the patellar area is painful and can cause complications that may need further treatment. New modalities are being developed to help patients in this situation.
Non-Surgical Patellar Tendonitis & Tendinosis Treatment
Stem cells can help repair injured or degenerated tissues in our body. For instance, as cartilage in our joints degenerates, stem cells have the ability to regenerate it, which lessens pain and improves function.
Physicians can make cell therapy accessible to those suffering from patellar tendonitis, patellar tendinosis, and other painful orthopedic issues. Many doctors have been researching and incorporating platelet rich plasma and repair cell injections into their orthopedic practice, but the Institute of Regenerative Medicine is using proven technologically advanced methods. This has led to a high success and satisfaction rate among our patients. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based treatment.