Jumpers knee can either come in two different forms either Patella Tendinitis which is inflammation of the tendon through over usage or Patella Tendinopathy which is the gradual degeneration of the Patella Tendon within the knee through overuse and strain of the Patella Tendon resulting in the Patella Tendon beginning to start to wear away with small microscopic damage developing.
Jumpers knee is named as such due to the high number of athletic jumpers that suffer from it. Jumpers are more susceptible to developing this injury as jumping places a huge level of stress and pressure on the knee when the jumper springs up off the ground into the air and when landing the sudden shock can also cause further wear and tear which overtime wears away the Patella Tendon.
Sport and over usage of the knee isn’t all to blame for Patella Tendinitis and Tendinopathy as ageing can contribute to the weakening and the degeneration of the tendon this is due partly because as we age our ability to repair and replace damaged tissues cells is reduced. This can also affect the elasticity and strength in your tendon causing it to be more susceptible to damage.
- Inflammation as well as swelling found around the knee joint
- Pain which gets worse when bending and using the knee
- The Patella Tendon feels sensitive
- Stiffness and lack of mobility in the knee and leg
Jumpers Knee can often get worse that is why it is best to tackle the underlining cause as soon as possible.
If the knee is subjected to continuous excessive usage this can cause worsening of the damage to the tendon, as the damage continues and the tendon becomes weaker and weaker the symptoms will get worse too. Jumpers Knee is therefore very common in sport due to the high levels of strain and usage athletes put the knee under.
Continuous strain and usage of the knee can cause microscopic damage as well as inflammation of the patella tendon thus it is very important that your knees are sufficiently warmed up before exercise in order to reduce strain and damage to the knee and promote sufficient blood flow to the area reducing damage.
-Reducing the stress and shock on the patella tendon is a really good idea which can be achieved by wearing shock absorbing insoles
Maintaining good form whilst running or jumping can help limit possible injuries which can cause damage to the tendon.
It is always advised to let your knees fully recover after sustaining an injury to them especially when the injury involves damage to a tendon. Tendons often take a lot longer to fully heal than other parts of the body. Injury and damage to a tendon can also negatively affect its characteristics and bio mechanics which may take a while to restore.
If you go back to using your knees as normal after sustaining jumpers knee you run the risk of further damage to the tendon.
Fractures or breaks to the lower leg Fibula bone (the Fibula bone is found on the outer most part of your lower leg) can result from sudden traumas, falls or even through overuse. Symptoms of a broken or fractured Fibula bone often include;
- Pain on the damaged part of the leg
Protruding bones from a break may result in deformity of the lower leg. If you suspect that you have indeed broken your leg it is highly recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
In sport such as football it is fairly common to see instances of leg breaking on the field and this is due commonly to twisting of the leg whilst the foot is fixed to the ground or from a collision with another player. It is therefore highly recommend to take precautions when you are playing sports like football, precautions such as wearing shin guards to protect your Fibula bones from traumas, also stretching fully the feet, knees and legs before a game to improve Proprioception in your muscles helping to give you better muscle activation and awareness which can help you know where your legs are moving helping you to avoid awkward movement which may result in a compromising twist or turn that could potentially damage or break your bones.
With a closed fracture where bone fragments are quite close together an orthopaedic doctor will usually look to move the bones fragments closely together and then fix a plater cast around the broken leg so that your leg can connect the two bone fragments together and heal by itself. A plaster cast is needed to keep the bones in place and prevent deformity. The estimated time the plaster cast stays on for a broken leg such as this usually ranges from 13-16 weeks. However even after the cast has been removed pain may still be present and the leg muscles will have been weakened both by the injury and inactivity of the muscle groups of the leg causing instability in the leg and knees. Physiotherapy is therefore recommended to help re-strengthen the lower legs. Physiotherapy is also recommended to help correct mechanical, muscle and postural imbalances that may have resulted from the injury.
Resistance bands are excellent for helping you to keep your other unaffected muscles groups active and strong whilst you recover and also help to build fitness, balance and strength in your weakened lower leg once your broken leg has healed.
Happy new year to everyone, we hope you are as excited about the new year as we are and this is the first blog post of the new year for Nuova Health! In this post we will briefly update you on the latest new product ranges to arrive at Nuova Health for this year.
For 2014 we will slowly bring in our new supports range of products. As you could see last year we brought in the magnetic back support to aid posture correction but now this will be joined by our knee support range. The knee supports have been brought in just in time for the winter as it is during the cold season that the knees become more painful if you have a knee condition and so these supports are designed so you can still live an active life but relieve some of the pain during these winter months. We will be looking to expand our supports range in the future so keep checking back.
Also as it is new year many of our customers will be following new years resolutions and the most popular one for many is the desire to get fit. Nuova Health have thus introduced a new range of resistance band products so you can gently work your muscles whilst following pilates or yoga style workout routines. These resistance bands are designed to be portable and easy to use, so you can workout anywhere you want to. No more expensive gym fees either.
You can look forward to further blog posts in the future where we detail different types of Yoga and Pilates exercises so you can gain the most from your resistance bands.
Whatever your goals are for the new year, lets hope that yours will be a healthy new year for you.
– The team at NuovaHealth.co.uk