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Patella Tendonitis

This condition is also called “jumper’s knee” because it is closely associated with sports that involve landing in a squatting position, like volleyball and basketball. The patella is the bony kneecap, and it is connected to the tibia (shin bone) by a tendon running down the front of the knee. Jumping will create micro-tears in the tendon, generating an inflammation that makes squatting very painful. Rest and ice can help most of the time, but swelling that lasts beyond two days means you should see your doctor.