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Offline Fanson88

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Patella tendon raised and swollen
« on: July 12, 2017, 04:57:59 AM »
Was hoping I could hear some stories with tendonitis of the patella tendon from other sufferers. I've been having knee pain for about 3 years. Doc said runners knee. Have had about 3 cortisone shots. Did wonders for my pain! For about two weeks now the pain came back with the patellar tendon from my knee cap to my shin is completely raised up and swollen. I can not find ANYTHING close to this. I've seen swollen knees but nothing like mine. Asked my doctor if he has seen anything like it he didn't really answer. I can't bend my knee with out pain. He gave me another injection I think under the tendon which made it swell up more and made it tighter. ART guy at my work says it's scar tissue from overuse. 3 years of scar tissue. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? What's your story? What was the outcome? PT, surgeries, other treatment options. I've searched and searched! Tell me your story! Thank you!

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Re: Patella tendon raised and swollen
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 03:08:17 PM »
I can give you some information about my patella tendonitis treatment options that I have been through that have all failed to improve the anterior knee pain and discomfort. I have had 2 surgeries on my right knee with a 3rd one scheduled in the autumn due to scar tissue around the patella tendon that has caused the chronic patella tendonitis.

I had surgery of AIR in July 2014, 3 years post-op after several none invasive treatment options will have patella decompression surgery. I have had 5 cortisone injections in total the 1st one was pre op to scope #1 of medial plica excision and fat pad trim, 2nd post after scope #1. The remaining 3 cortisone injections was done post-op to scope #2 after anterior interval release surgery.

I have had 3 sessions of shockwave therapy (ESWT) it has not really benefited the pain around the bottom of the kneecap by the tibia.

http://www.sportsorthopaedicspecialist.co.uk/treatments/shockwave-therapy

Good information about patella tendonitis from an OS with 1st hands experience with jumpers knee.

http://www.sportsorthopaedicspecialist.co.uk/sports-injuries/patellar-tendonitis-jumpers-knee

I did email him about my patella tendontis, he said that ESWT has a high success rate that I was sceptical about. I was lucky getting it done on the NHS at the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital after seeing the Sports Physician at the hospital.

Surgery is always going to be the very last option, I have been seeing my OS at the outpatients clinic for 3 years, none invasive methods of treatment failed! Back in theatre for the 3rd time, I have had 3 MRI scans since scope #2, one and two found nothing of a concern for surgery the 3rd one showed an increase in joint effusion that was a significant finding for a further surgical intervention. If the MRI showed no changes I would have been told there nothing more one can do for the patella tendonitis.

My post-op diary, do not have to read through the whole diary or will be here still till Christmas, look at parts of the diary that sounds similar to your knee problems and symptoms.

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=43471.msg650937#new

Good luck trying to find a way forward, it a stressful and long saga to endure, do not have any more cortisone injections it will weaken the cartilage and could rupture the patella tendon that is a big surgery to go through and recover from.

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RK: PFS, Maltracking & arthrofibrosis
18/07/14 Anterior interval release  
16/11/09 Medial plica excision & fat pad trim
Cortisone injections: R-hip 04/04/17 R-knee 23/12/15, 22/10/15, 13/05/15, 30/03/10, 23/04/09

 

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