I am a 22year old male who has been suffering with patellar tendonosis for 3years now! I think I have actually become obsessed with getting better and have read so much about the condition. At times I have also been very depressed and felt like it is never going to get better. How it began in 2009
It began by playing basketball too intently in the space of a few weeks and I had tendonitis in both patellar tendons. I never properly rested my right knee and subsequently kept reinjuring the tendon
. I was 19 and very sporty (football, basketball, tennis) - I thought i was invinvible! Getting better Summer 2011
Last Summer the knee got better and I strongly believe i was due to eccentric squats. It is so important to start with almost no weight and slowly increase the weight. I went from 2 legged squats to 1 leg squats with 25kg backpack on an incline board over a 6month period. I was cycling almost 25km a day and feeling good again. I was also playing football and tennis but being carefull.Back to Square 1!
I was feeling so good again that I played basketball in Sept 11. My tendon the next day felt pain and I was limping around for a few weeks. The knee felt ok walking but I couldn't do any sports again or sit with it bent for long.Back to Square 1 again!
One of the worst decisions was seeing Dr Ralph Rogers at the London Orphaepic clinic. I had some PRP injections into the tendon in Jan 2012 and I am sure it made me 10 times worse.
The swelling from the injections never went away and my hoffas fat pad was very infammed. The tendon and surrounding tissue would swell up everyday just from walking and i was painfull all the time. I put up with this for 5months before surgery!Surgery
4 weeks ago I had open and arthroscopic surgery to remove a small bone spur and a decompression inflammed tissue at the inferior pole. The surgeon said that he reomved 1/3 of the tendon! He said that the bone spur was causing all of the tendon problems. Interestingly I had Osgood Schlatters when I was 14 and have an bone spur at the tibial tuiberosity (which does not cause any problems)Recovery
I am now 4 weeks post op and have about 110degrees of ROM. I can walk without crutches but sill finding stairs difficult. The tendon and surrounding tissue is still quite swollen but I have already noticed that I can sit with the knee bent for longer without the same pain where the bone spur most have been pressing into the tendon.
At the moment I am still doing static quad work as the area is still too sore for even straight leg raises. I really am hoping I can get back to he sports I love in about 4-6months time.
I would love to hear from anyone else with this problem, the time it took to recover and the steps they took in physio for recovery.
If anyone out there is suffering from this then please ask any questions as I feel like I know everything!