Tendons are fibrous connective tissues that connect muscle to the bone.  Inflammation of the tendons is known as tendonitis. Inflammation can be a result of injury or undue strain.  Tendinitis should not be confused with tendinosis as even though the symptoms are similar, there are some differences in terms of cause and appearance.

Knee Tendonitis

Knee tendonitis occurs when the tendons in the knee become inflamed.  Tendonitis usually occurs in the three main tendons in the knee — Patellar tendonitis:  inflammation of the front of the knee below the knee cap (also known as jumper’s knee), Quadriceps tendonitis:  inflammation of front of the knee above the knee cap and Iliotibial band friction syndrome:  inflammation of outer side of knee.  Rheumatoid arthritis can aggravate knee tendonitis.

Knee Tendonitis Treatment

Mild tendonitis will settle with rest and cold compresses.  Anti-inflammatory drugs can be used for a short duration.  If the pain does not settle, additional treatment or referral to a specialist should be considered.

At TheKneeReplacement, we carry out complete investigation and provide non-surgical treatment, minimally invasive surgery and open surgery.  We also carry out ultrasound scans and 3T MRI imaging with results available on the same day.


At TheKneeReplacement, we have a committed physiotherapy team which is well equipped to carry out,

Injection Therapies

Steroid based anti-inflammatory injection into the tendon or adjacent regions, local anaesthetic or both may be needed.

Dry Needling

The specialist pierces the tendon at various points with a needle containing no drugs.  Micro bleeds caused by piercing can lead to healing.

Blood Product Injections

This can be done in addition to dry needling.  A small amount of blood is taken and treated to concentrate certain blood products which is then injected back into the tendon.


Surgery may become necessary if tendonitis / tendinosis do not settle with conservative measures alone.  During surgery, a small portion of the damaged tendon is removed to release the pressure on the surrounding tissues.  Arthroscopy and joint debridement (washing) is done to decalcify the tendon or when tendonitis is due to some other condition.  Your Consultant will suggest the most appropriate treatment options for your condition.

Tendonitis Appointments

You can book an appointment with one of our Specialists for consultation by calling us on 98450-54810 or you can email us at [email protected]