Patellar Tendonitis – Pediatrics

Apr 5th 2021

Patellar Tendonitis – Pediatrics

Patellar tendonitis is often seen in adolescent athletes. Children go through rapid growth spurts, often creating additional muscle imbalances. The femur is the longest bone in the body, and as it grows, the range of motion in the quadriceps and hamstrings often becomes limited. A full lower extremity biomechanical assessment is essential to establish the cause of knee pain, and to assist in determining exercises to combine with the taping techniques chosen. This technique can be used for adolescents with Osgood-Schlatters tibial tuberosity apophysitis.

A 2 inch “I” tape. Mechanical Assist
  • Measure tape length as two times the length of the thigh
  • Place the patient in supine, with the knee extended, or in standing
  • Tear the tape backing at the center and fold back the edges
  • Pull full tension from the center of the tape, as it is applied between the distal patella and the tibial tuberosity
  • Flex the knee 45° and apply the tape, with moderate tension, medial and lateral to patella
  • Use the heel of your hand along the tape, to direct the Tape
  • Flex the knee 90° and apply the tape, with paper off tension, along medial and lateral border of quadriceps to proximal thigh
  • No tension is applied at the end of the tape
This technique may be combined with a quadriceps assist, to give increased stability to the knee joint.

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