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I have patellar tendonitis that isn't going away.

Tags: injury , sports , tendon

I currently have patellar tendonitis on one of my knee, and despite several weeks of rest from playing sports this doesn't seem to go away. I had a treatment for this issue three years ago with an injection of cortisone, which made the pain disappear, but only to come back over the last 5 months.

What other treatments are available and successful? I have heard of the Bowen technique therapy. Would that be an option and if so how long would it take to heal?

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The answer

The condition of tendonitis usually takes several months to resolve and would need regular anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or diclofenac to be taken three times per day for at least three weeks to help reduce inflammation in the affected tendon. Rest does help but this particular group of muscles and tendons cannot be completely rested due to normal movement. This may be related to your exercise activity or wear and tear. This is unlikely to be related to the episode 3 years ago.

The cortisone injection may help again to reduce inflammation in the tendon, if it works for you, the effects usually lasts for a few weeks to a few months. The Bowen Technique is essentially massage therapy and there is no way to know if this would help you.

I suggest you discuss this further with your GP to assess your condition; your GP will be able to refer you to a physiotherapist as this may be more helpful to you. Hopefully this will answer your question,

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

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