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More Tendon Facts:

Tenosynovitis is a condition affecting the sheath that surrounds a tendon. In many cases, the sheath encounters tearing due to inflammation of the underlying tendon. The majority of tenosynovitis sufferers are female.


A fully ruptured Tendon REQUIRES surgery. It will not heal on its own.


Except for a fully ruptured tendon, Tendonitis can almost always be cured without surgery.


Left untreated, tendonitis can be extremely debilitating and lead to life long complications.


Continually using your Tendon while it is injured will lead to a worse injury.


To Heal as fast as possible use conservative treatment options at home such as:

Rest
Use an Ice Pack to Get Swelling Down
Use a Deep Heat Therapy at Home Once Swelling is Down
Treat the Injury Well Beyond the Point When the Pain Disappears

 

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Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)



Patella tendonitis (also known as Jumper's Knee and Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease) is a painful condition affecting the patellar tendon (also called the patellar ligament or anterior ligament) in the knee joint. Like all forms of tendinitis, patellar tendinitis is a condition that can flare up and subside over a period of time. Inflammation in the patellar tendon is often due to irritation and/or micro-tearing of the collagen fibers. When the fibers tear, they become weaker, inflamed and swollen causing pain and tenderness in the area.

Patellar tendinitis refers to pain and inflammation of the patellar tendon in the kneecap

Tendons, by nature, receive very little blood flow. This prevents certain areas of the tendons from getting adequate blood supply in order to repair and maintain themselves. This makes tendons prone to micro-tearing and inflammation if they are strained or overused.

There are 2 types of tendonitis, acute and chronic. Acute tendonitis refers to inflammation that comes on suddenly, usually from a tendon strain or overloading it during exercise. Chronic tendonitis occurs over time and generally results from long term repetitive use of the patella tendon. With both types of patellar tendinitis, scar tissue develops on the tendon as the tears begin to heal. This scar tissue mends the tears in an abnormal way leaving the collagen fibers weaker and less flexible and its presence can result in re-tearing the same small areas over and over.

The patellar tendon connects the shin bone (tibia) below the (patella) kneecap to the quadriceps femoris tendon above the kneecap. The fibres of the patellar tendon encase the patella itself, allowing it to glide up and down.

The patellar tendon is responsible for extending the knee with the help of the quadriceps femoris tendon which passes down both sides of the patella and the quadriceps femoris muscle in the upper leg - a process known as the quadriceps mechanism.

Other conditions which can be a cause of anterior knee pain are commonly confused with patellar tendonitis. These conditions include quadriceps tendonitis, chondromalacia(mendmyknee.com), patello-femoral subluxation and hyper-pressure, fat pad impingement or Hoffa's Syndrome, and patello-femoral arthritis.



Symptoms of Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendon pain radiates under the knee cap

You might be suffering from Patellar Tendonitis if:

  • You have pain right under your knee cap that disappears after any form of activity, exercise or workout.
  • You find climbing stairs or getting up from a seated position difficult - these actions cause you pain under your knee cap.
  • You have swelling, redness, heat sensation and/or burning pain on the front of your knee around your knee cap.
  • Pain that's more noticeable when you move your knee or try to kneel.
  • Pain that starts as you begin physical activity or just after an intense workout.
  • If you're a runner or an active athlete, the pain may get worse while running or participating in sports.(particular difficulty when running down hills)
Dealing with chronic pain from tendonitis.

If any of those statements are true for you or you're suffering from on-going pain under your knee cap (patella) then you might have an injury called "Patellar Tendonitis". This type of tendonitis is usually an injury that athletes get, but it can happen to individuals who aren't athletes as well. Anyone - young or old - can suffer from this injury, and if you're active this condition will keep you from doing the things you love to do. It will even start interrupting your normal daily tasks and make living life harder than it really needs to be.



Patellar Tendonitis Causes

Tendonitis is a condition that is micro-tearing in the tendon tissue. When the knee is overworked or overstressed the damage to the soft tissue is done. Jumpers knee is most common in an aging athlete who is involved in 'jumping' sports such as basketball, volleyball and jogging.

Patella Tendonitis can be caused by repetitive use of the patellar tendon, but can also be caused by trauma such as a blow to the knee. This condition is most common in an athlete who is involved in "jumping" sports such as basketball, gymnastics, figure skating, and volleyball. Other risk factors include:

There are a variety of internal and external causal factors for patellar tendonitis. Some outside factors would include overuse of your knee, wearing shoes that don't give you proper support, or athletic activity / exercising too much, too fast or for too long. Some internal factors include your age, flexibility, and the natural alignment of your feet, calves, knees and thighs.

Jumpers Knee caused by jumping sports and repetitive use of the knee joint
  • Activities that require sharp, sudden changes of direction such as soccer.
  • Activities that involve repetitive use of the knees, such as cycling.
  • Having diabetes, gout and/or para-hypothyroidism.
  • Landing or falling heavily on your knees.
  • Age - as we grow older, our tendons become more brittle and therefore prone to injury.
  • Mis-alignment of the foot, ankle, and leg including flat feet, leg length discrepancy, tracking abnormalities etc.


The Patellar Tendon

Patellar tendon in the kneecap

The knee joint is made-up of 4 bones: the femur (thigh bone), fibula & tibia (shin bone), and the knee cap. The knee cap is a sesamoid bone, which means that it is a bone that's embedded in a tendon. For the knee cap this means that above the knee cap is the quadriceps tendon and below the knee cap is the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon attaches the knee cap, quadriceps tendon and quadriceps muscle to the shinbone below the knee. All of these elements work together to function as the "quadriceps mechanism" to help you when straightening your knee / leg.

The patellar tendon plays an important role in the way you use your leg muscles. The patellar tendon helps your muscles extend your knee so that you can kick a ball, run uphill and jump up in the air. This is why patella (patellar or 'infrapatellar') tendonitis is often called 'Jumper's knee'.




Patellar Tendinopathy

Jumper's Knee and patellar tendinopathy is a general term used to describe any kind of injury that causes irritation, tearing, or inflammation in the patellar tendon. There are different kinds of patellar tendinopathy that can happen that will influence how long you suffer from this injury, what type of treatment is needed and how to prevent further injury to your patellar tendon.

Tendonitis is fraying of the tendon fibers from injury or over-use

Patellar Tendonitis

Short-term inflammation in the patellar tendon is considered 'patellar tendonitis'. This is where the tendon becomes frayed or torn from an incident (like playing sports / running), or over-use (repetitively participating in the same activities).

You may partially or completely tear your patellar tendon. If you completely tear your patellar tendon, your tendon will no longer be attached to your knee cap (patella). Without that attachment you won't be able to straighten your knee. Partial tearing usually happens to the middle of the patellar tendon, while complete tearing often happens where the patellar tendon connects to the knee cap (patella).

A patellar tendon injury will cause pain on the front of your knee just under your knee cap.

Patellar Tendinosis

Patellar tendinosis happens when the tendon gets worn out over a long period of time (from overuse or aging of the tissue) and becomes damaged. This type of injury causes the tendon to thicken and micro-tear. Usually with tendinosis there isn't a lot of swelling or inflammation, just chronic, long-lasting pain.

Patellar Tenosynovitis

If the protective lining of your tendon (called the 'tendon sheath') becomes irritated or damaged this is called 'tenosynovitis'. This condition happens to the inner lining of the sheath, and this irritation can happen from injury, overuse, or repetitive tasks.




Patellar Tendonitis Diagnosis

A visit to your doctor is the best way to know if you have patellar tendonitis. To properly diagnose your knee pain your doctor will ask about your medical history, your current condition and symptoms. They will ask your about the intensity of your present pain, how long you've had these symptoms and the limitations you're experiencing. Details about what you think may have caused the problem, when it started, and whether or not you have ever had treatments for this or a similar condition in the past, are very helpful in assessing your injury.

Jumpers Knee

There are 2 tests your doctor may perform to decide if you have a patellar tendon injury:

  • 'Passive Extension / Flexion Sign' - While you lay down on the examination table doctor will bend your knee to a 90 degree angle and then will apply pressure to the patellar tendon.
  • 'Standing Active Quadriceps Sign' - While you stand normally your doctor will feel along the length of the patellar tendon. Then you'll be asked put all of your weight on your sore knee and bend your knee 30 degrees.

Both of these physical tests will help your doctor to determine a correct diagnosis of your knee pain. If for any reason the test(s) don't help to discover the source of your pain, then diagnostic testing (an X-ray and/or MRI) will be ordered. These tests are also often used to rule out other conditions.

MRI to see the patellar tendon in the knee

X-rays will provide a 2-dimensional image of the overall structure of your knee. They're helpful in identifying knee instability, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs or bone cysts, fractures, wear and tear on the joints).

MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) will provide more detailed information and will help to evaluate the soft tissues in and around your knee (muscles, tendons, ligaments, menisci and other connective tissues). It can identify ligament or tendon damage, and can help to determine the extent of your injury, the displacement and degree of your tear or inflammation, as well as other associated knee conditions.



Patellar Tendonitis Home Conservative Treatment Options

Step 1 - Reduce Pain and Swelling with Cold Compression

The first step for conservative treatment of your kneecap tendonitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal foot tendonitis injuries. This is why for years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to your damaged tendon and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues because the cells can't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendons, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal acute or chronic tendon injuries faster and with less pain!

Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack:

  • 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in your knee to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
  • After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your knee.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you feel your knee is painful or you're having a flare-up of an old patellar tendon injury.
  • Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in your knee.
  • Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your knee.
 

Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with a T•Shellz Wrap®

After the inflammation in your knee has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue around your knee is recommended.


T•Shellz Wraps contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your body, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


healing your patella tendonitis
  • When treating any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while the joint is immobile.
  • This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
  • In our opinion, the T•Shellz Wrap® is the most highly effective deep heat medical device on the market that is registered with the FDA and available for home use.

Use Deep Tissue Therapy T•Shellz Wraps:

  • After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
  • Before exercise or workouts to warm up your knee to prevent re-injury.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
  • Anytime you feel the tissue in your knee has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
  • Anytime you have sore or aching tissue around your knee.
  • Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your knee to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
 


By using a Deep Heat device like the T•Shellz Wrap®, your body will respond to this added heat by increasing blood flow in the area. This enhanced blood flow will help with your recovery and heal your tendon more completely. Deep Heat increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to; the heat is also proven to temporarily improve the elasticity and length of soft tissue. This basically means that the application of deep heat will help your soft tissue heal faster and more completely while also reducing your risk of reinjury (due to increased soft tissue elasticity)

Deep Heat Increases Blood Circulation

Greater Blood Circulation Results in
Faster Healing of Soft Tissue

T•Shellz Wrap® = Deep Heat


T•Shellz Wraps contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your body, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


Best of all...

The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.

As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.

Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a tendon injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissue. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house therapy facilities many times per day.

How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.

Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement

 

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What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?

We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.

We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.

The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.

It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.

Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.

A Recap of the Benefits of the T•Shellz Wrap®..

  • Wraps are available for all major joints - very versatile!
  • Targeted treatment of Tendinosis, Tenosynovitis, Tendon Tears, Bursitis, Impingement, Arthritis, etc
  • It can be used before exercise to warm up your tendons and muscles to reduce the risk of injury
  • FDA Registered medical device for use in home or clinics - very high quality
  • Increases temporary flexibility and length of tissues (reducing the re-injury factor)
  • Carbon fiber Energy Pad is strong, lightweight, and flexible - contours very easily
  • It soothes pain and whisks away toxins
  • It provides deep heat, which the body responds to by increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow enhances the healing rate - saving time and money when associated with extended doctor or physical therapist visits
  • it is an outstanding tool for post-surgery rehabilitation, getting you back to work faster

When Should I Use My T•Shellz Wrap® During the Day?

The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.

  • Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).

The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:

  • Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
  • Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the area and allow for better sleep)
  • Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).


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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

 
 
 

Tendon Injury Facts:

When the tendon gets inflamed it is known as tendonitis, and when the tendons are chronically overused, it may lead to microscopic tears in the collagen matrix and causes a gradual weakening of the tissues.


Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among runners, as the Achilles tendon is responsible for helping you lift off the ground with each stride.


As computers become ever more important elements of the work place and everyday life, incidents of wrist tendonitis are on the rise.


Oral Medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of tendonitis. Anti-inflammatories and pain killers can mask the pain and indirectly cause tendonitis to worsen.


Ice and Compression treatments are the easiest and most effective treatments for tendonitis.

 

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