Jumpers knee

A jumpers knee often occurs in sports like handball, basketball but also in other sports where explosive jumping occurs and is also called an insertion tendinopathy. The recovery of a jumpers knee can take a long time without proper supervision of a physiotherapist.


The knee consists of several pieces of bone. The kneecap (patella) and the shinbone (tibia). With a jumpers knee is the tendon, called patella tendon that runs from the kneecap to the shinbone irritated. This irritation is caused by repeated large pulls. These are often required in sports such as handball, basketball and volleyball. If the tendon is irritated for a long time because you continue to play sports uncontrollably, the tendon can even become so irritated that blood vessels start to develop in the tendon itself. Continuing to exercise without proper supervision from a physiotherapist can therefore lead to a long recovery. Tendon tissue often has a longer recovery time than muscle tissue.

A tendinopathy/tendon problem often develops gradually and increases in severity over time.

The course of the complaints is often recognizable and goes as follows:

  • Complaints at the start of an activity that gradually disappear. This is followed by an after-reaction when the activity is over.
  • Complaints at the start of the activity that gradually disappear but return during the activity.
  • Complaints that do not go away after the start of an activity and may even be present at rest.


A jumpers knee can cause different types of symptoms. In particular pain at the front of the knee, around the kneecap. When and how long the pain The occurrence of pain depends on the degree of irritation of the tendon. If the tendon is very irritated, it can cause pain during daily activities. Sometimes there is some swelling.


The diagnosis of a jumpers knee is made by the combination of information. This information comes from the interview and specialist tests on the knee. Also, an ultrasound or MRI can be used to visualize any damage.



For the treatment of a jumper knee or other tendon complaints, the physiotherapists of FysioFitaal Tilburg are the right people to turn to! After making the diagnosis, the physiotherapist will start giving appropriate advice with regard to work, sports and other daily activities. Then the therapist will work with you on restoring the balance between load and load capacity. This is done by using exercise therapy. Going to the physiotherapist once or twice a week is not enough.

In addition to exercise therapy homework exercises are an important part of recovery. In addition, in case of severe complaints, manual muscle techniques can be used to to dull the pain.

Suffering from a jumpers knee or other knee problems? Make an appointment now with one of our physiotherapists and they will help you recover soon.

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