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How to Protect Your Joints as You Age From Arthritis

Runner’s knee or jumper’s knee are conditions that commonly occurs in young, active individuals.

Both can be categorized into a larger set of injuries that effect the patellar tendon and cause what is known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

They common in athletes whose sports require rapid jumping or stopping from high speed, and is more common in male athletes than in women

Risk factors

  1. Athletes who regularly put their knees through strenuous workouts eg running, basketball, volley ball
  2. Athletes who do not take the requisite time to work their way up to strenuous exercise
  3. Overweight
  4. Prior injury

What are the symptoms?

1.Sharp, throbbing pain beneath their kneecap during a workout or competition

2.Discomfort during daily activities. The patellar tendon helps extend the knee to straighten the leg during daily activities such as kicking, climbing stairs, or bending down.

3.Knee swelling

What is the treatment?

Immediate treatment after knee injury – Analgesics, R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)

Long term- see your doctor, physiotherapy on the knee and knee strengthening exercises

Tips to Prevent Jumper’s Knee

1.It’s important to warm up before and cool down after exercising to prevent patellar tendonitis.

2.Wear shoes that fit well and support your arch.

3.Gradually increase the intensity of your workouts to reduce your risk of injury.

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