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The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the kneecap (patella) to the top of the shinbone (tibia). It works with the muscles on your thighs to straighten your knee. Tears can occur in this tendon due to injury or certain activities such as running. Multiple tears in the tendon cause pain from inflammation. The pain may go away with the help of anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and rest. However, if the pain persists despite continuous treatments, your doctor may recommend a patellar tendon injection.
A patellar tendon injection is performed by injecting a corticosteroid medication into the sheath around the patellar tendon. In some cases, a platelet-rich plasma injection is used to promote new tissue formation and heal damage to the tendon.
The procedure only takes a few minutes. The doctor will use an ultrasound to guide the needle to its proper location. Once the exact location is determined, a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication will be injected into the sheath around the patellar tendon.
Strenuous activities must be avoided 24 hours after the procedure. It might take a few days for the patellar tendon injection to take effect.
A patellar tendon injection may be right for you if you are experiencing chronic pain from jumper’s knee. Schedule a consultation with our pain management doctor to discuss your options for a patellar tendon injection in Torrance.