The main symptom from patellar tendinopathy or Jumper’s knee, is generally pain in the front of the knee, just below the kneecap or on the insertion of the tendon on the tibia, which can be mild or in other cases be so strong as to prevent movement.
There is a progressive worsening of the symptoms, and in the case of chronic tendinopathy the pain can last even a few months.
At the beginning of the inflammation there is a feeling of stiffness in the knee following repetitive use of the legs, which increases with rest.
Pain is present in leg extension, in bending the lower limbs, in jumping, in changes of direction.
It is often present as soon as you wake up, the first steps are painful, while with the walk it tends to improve, the same goes for the activity.
During sport it usually tends to decrease because the knee warms up, while if we stop, the temperature of the tendon decreases and the pain will increase if we start the activity again.
If the inflammation has already progressed, the pain will affect performance, in fact you will feel pain even with a warm knee.
The pain is almost never accompanied by swelling of the knee, but there will be a thickening of the tendon.
A combination of osteopathy, to correct the compensations and promote the healing of the inflammatory process, and physiotherapy, to strengthen the muscles and release the fascia, is the best solution for this kind of issue.