Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you think you're experiencing patellar tendinitis, consider these approaches to pain relief at home:

  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen may provide short-term relief from pain associated with patellar tendinitis.
  • Avoid activity that causes pain. This may mean reducing how often you practice your sport or temporarily switching to a lower impact sport. Don't try to work through the pain, as this can further damage your patellar tendon.
  • Ice. Apply ice after activity that causes pain. Place ice in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a towel. Or try an ice massage. Freeze water in a plastic foam cup and hold the cup as you apply the ice directly to your skin.
Mar. 07, 2012