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Dr. Debra Vachon is Surgical Director for The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases, part of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center.
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Patients from across the Baltimore region turn to the orthopedic specialists at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries, including patella tendonitis.
Patella tendonitis (or tendinitis), commonly called jumper’s knee, is inflammation of the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. Patella tendonitis is an overuse injury. Repeated stress on the tendon causes tears to develop. Patella tendonitis is seen in high level athletes such as marathon runners and soccer players but even more so in poorly conditioned individuals who have started an exercise program too vigorously.
The main patella tendonitis symptom is pain that occurs at the bottom of the kneecap where the patella tendon attaches to it. The pain can be present when starting physical activity or exercise and progress into severe pain that interferes with daily activities such as climbing stairs.
A patella tendonitis diagnosis can be made during a physical exam of the knee. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds may be conducted to locate tears in the tendon and rule out other knee conditions.
Patella tendonitis treatment options include:
Surgery is rarely a treatment option for patella tendonitis but may be considered when non-surgical treatment options are not relieving the knee pain.
The top rated orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offer innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options for conditions, including avascular necrosis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, AC ligament tears, MCL and ACL ligament tears, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Doctors at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement were among the first in the region performing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, minimally invasive knee replacement and anterior approach hip replacement. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
Orthopedics and Joint Replacement is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Kamala Littleton specializes in joint, hip and knee replacement and reconstruction including anterior hip replacement, MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing, minimally invasive total knee replacement and ACL reconstruction.
A Mercy patient tells of her experience with a total knee replacement - one that went so well she later returned to Mercy to have the other knee replaced as well.