Patellar Tendonitis Condition

Patellar tendonitis treatment is designed to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling in the kneecap using osteopathic techniques that alleviate inflammation, improve flexibility, and enhance tissue strength.


Patellar Tendonitis Treatment in New York City

Treatment for patellar tendonitis uses osteopathic manipulation and other therapies to alleviate kneecap swelling, minimize inflammation, improve flexibility, and reduce pain and other symptoms.

What is Patellar Tendonitis?

Patellar tendonitis is an inflammation or injury in the tendon connecting the shinbone to the patella, or knee bone. This condition is a fairly common injury for athletes like volleyball and basketball players whose sports require frequent and repetitive jumping. Like many other knee injuries, however, even non-athletes can suffer from the condition.

The injury itself occurs as a result of repeated stress and pressure on the tendon. Repeated jumping or running can create tiny tearing in the tendon tissue. In most instances, the body is able to repair those micro-tears, often emerging stronger as tissue is torn down and rebuilt. Unfortunately, repeated overuse of the muscles and tendons can cause the tears to increase and multiple. When that happens, the area can become inflamed, resulting in swelling, tightness, and pain.

While many patellar tears can resolve themselves with rest and recommended treatments, osteopathic care can help to address symptoms and expedite healing.

What Causes this Condition?

As noted, this form of tendonitis is generally due to overuse of the patellar tendon. There are a variety of other causes that can contribute to the condition, including:

  • Ongoing leg tightness in the muscles of the hamstrings and quadriceps. This tightness can place increased pressure on the tendon.
  • Imbalances in the muscles of your legs. For example, weightlifters who focus on their quadriceps and neglect their hamstrings can put undue pressure on the patellar tendon.
  • The condition is most commonly seen in patients in their teens, twenties, and thirties. In addition, taller people and those who are overweight can be more prone to the injury.

What Are the Symptoms of Patellar Tendonitis?

The symptoms associated with this tendonitis can include:

  • Pain in the area between the tibia and kneecap
  • As pain progresses, it can interfere with standing, climbing stairs, and walking
  • Tenderness around the kneecap
  • Weakness in the knee, especially during exercise
  • Sharper pain when you put weight on the affected knee

Any knee pain should be diagnosed as soon as possible. Left untreated, these tendon tears can progress into larger tears that require more invasive treatment. Osteopathic care can be an important part of any early-stage treatment regimen and play a vital role in ensuring that you enjoy an expedited recovery.

How We Can Help

Leonid Tafler, D.O. can provide the osteopathic treatment you need to recover from most knee injuries. Osteopathic care uses safe, non-invasive techniques and strategies to help patients manage pain, improve range of motion, recover strength, and expedite healing.


Knee Conditions

Knee conditions include tissue tears, inflammation, and tendon injuries that can cause pain, swelling, infection, loss of mobility and impaired range of motion.

Iliotibial Band SyndromeKnee BursitisMeniscus TearsPatellar TendonitisPatellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to get the help you need. Contact us today to schedule and appointment for a full examination and accurate diagnosis. Once your condition has been confirmed, Dr. Tafler will work with you to create a personalized treatment approach that can effectively address your pain, loss of mobility, and recovery needs.

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Patellar Tendonitis Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!