The patellar tendon helps the muscles extend the knee. This injury is most common in athletes who frequently jump, such as when playing basketball and volleyball.

Knee pain, swelling, and stiffness are common symptoms.

Treatment usually begins with physical therapy and pain relief.

An injury to the tissue connecting the kneecap to the shin bone (patellar tendon).

  • patellar tendinitis
  • sinding-larsen-johansson disease

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Usually self-treatable

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging not required

Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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