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Offline JakeDean

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Chronic Patellar Tendonitis
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:36:09 PM »
Hello, I am 24 and have had chronic knee trouble since I was about 15, I sprained both knees a couple times each over the course of a couple of years and had a lot of trouble with lateral stability. At 22 I finally decided that the pain was too much and scheduled an appointment with a specialist andhad an MRI done on both knees and the radiologist report said I had a lateral tear of both patellar tendons and significant edema in the fat pads surrounding. The ortho I went to said it was not a tear, rather a chronic case of patellar tendonitis . He described it to me as a degenerative tissue about the size of a peanut m&m in the center of my patellar tendon effecting 80% of the thickness of my tendons. He recommended surgery to remove the tissue and allow scar tissue to replace the void. So I agreed to the surgery and had both knees done at once. Thee surgery went smooth from his account and the physical therapy I did was fairly light. Now over a year and a half out from the surgery I have more pain in the tendon then I did before, is this common? Is it a result of poor PT? Any help or insight taken, thanks.

Offline momma-cat

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Re: Chronic Patellar Tendonitis
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 03:27:25 AM »
JakeDean,
I had patellar tendonitis for several months following an injury post TTT on my left knee. It took a long time to recover from but I did for the most part. I still have some tenderness to that patellar tendon but doing quite well. I am having the screws taken out on Friday - yay!! You will need NSAIDs, ice, stretching and allowing it to rest. Overworking and overloading on your knee will only continue to exacerbate the issue. Mind you that any surgical repair will never be as good as the original part. You will always have something different - chronic pain, etc. You can never be 100% sad to say.
Good luck!
Cat
Catherine H.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner