Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Jumper’s Knee

“Jumper’s knee” also known as patellar tendonitis injury. It happens when your kneecap gets in contact with your shin bone that promotes inflammation.

This condition often takes place when you overuse your knee. Indeed, a jumper’s knee (knee injury) weakens your tendon, and, if you don’t treat it, can lead to tears in your tendon.

It can occur from sudden unexpected overexertion of the patellar tendon. Jumper’s knee more commonly manifests as a recurring issue over time.  So it is better to examine the issue before it gets too late.

Those who suffer from patellar tendinopathy probably experience below symptoms:

Pain during athletic motion

A person with Jumper’s Knee may feel a sharp, severe pain below his/her kneecap while working out or doing other activities.

The pain usally gets teased with an athletic activity while it can abate with rest.

However, the pain would become worse with kicking, running, or bending the knee (as these actions activate the patellar tendon)


Jumper’s knee also causes mild swelling of the knee joint. Therefore, patients may feel the swollen knee and have a decreased range of motion, after the injury.

Bruising or redness

In some cases, discoloration of the knee joint may also be noticeable. You may notice skin redness, immediately after the injury.

Soreness during daily activities

As patellar tendon assists your knee to straight the leg while kicking, climbing stairs, sitting down, or bending down, but when it is injured the athlete feels pain and soreness in their knees while performing these activities.

Leg or calf weakness

Patients can experience weakness in their legs; therefore making it difficult for them to move with ease.

How can it be diagnosed?

Physical examination: A physician will have to evaluate the affected part of the knee. He would determine a Jumper’s knee treatment, by examining the presence of abrasions, swelling redness, bruising, or other similar signs.

Concern of patient medical history: The previous injury can increase the chances of sustaining a new injury to the knee. Physicians would ask about previous injuries to determine the problem.

Medical imaging: After the physical examination, physician will head over to medical imaging such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that can help to form a final diagnosis.

Apart from this, try to use home remedies to reduce pain when you are not in a condition to contact a healthcare provider.