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Battling On A Year Later: An Update on Patella Tendonitis

As we all know, the most common sports injuries commonly occur to our joints. High impact sports and contact sports are the culprits easily blamed, but the reality is that your physical workout training and exercise regimens are the most at fault. From box jumps to resistance band lunges, chances are that you are performing the workout correctly, but everything comes at a physical toll on your body. As the old adage goes, father time eventually catches up to one and all – just ask Kobe Bryant or any of the basketball players. I’m sure you, the reader, is very verse in my struggle with tendonitis in the knees. It’s been nearly a year on and here is an update on my path to recovery.

To freshen up the memory, I have been diagnosed with patella tendonitis for over 2 years. I’ve tried almost everything – from NSAIDs (think Ibuprofen or Advil), to physical therapy and muscle strengthening exercises. For further reading, see “How Calf Building Exercises Helped to Overcome Jumper’s Knees” and “Overcoming the Jumper’s Knee: A First Hand Account.” Additionally, I tried plyometric exercises and dynamic stretches that aimed to make important ligaments, tendons, and muscles involved in the running gait stronger and proper.

Here’s my current situation: I still suffer from the same knee pain. Granted, I’ve been running minimally in comparison to my previous levels, but I’ve also been finding other activities that are lighter in impact. Namely, I’ve been golfing and as Tiger Woods will tell you, it puts a lot of torque and twisting on your knees. I made a visit to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation and second opinion.

At the orthopedic surgeon, I was presented with a few conservative options. I could either try some other derivative of NSAIDs, a lidocaine patch on my knee, or iontophoresis – the use of topical corticosteroid medication and an ultrasound, which is very expensive. Surgery and a direct steroid injection were not an option for me, given my young age and the great risk of tendon rupture not worth the benefit. For now, I opted for the conservative route of Celebrex, which I can take at the prescribed dose without the risk of developing stomach ulcers, meaning I can possibly be on a longer duration of this medication. The plan is to take this medication an hour before I do any physical activity and ice my joints afterwards. Giving it the old college try, and I shall update accordingly in due time. As always, consult a medical professional prior to beginning any new exercise, treatment plan, or diet.

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