Pain is the first symptom of patellar tendinitis. The pain usually is located in the section of your patellar tendon between your kneecap (patella) and the area where the tendon attaches to your shinbone (tibia).

The pain in your knee may:

  • Initially be present only as you begin physical activity or just after an intense workout
  • Progress to the point that it interferes with your sports performance
  • Eventually interfere with daily tasks such as climbing stairs or getting up from a chair

When to see a doctor

If you experience knee pain, try self-care measures first, such as icing the affected area and temporarily reducing or avoiding activities that trigger your symptoms.

Call your doctor if your pain:

  • Continues or worsens
  • Interferes with your ability to perform routine daily activities
  • Is associated with swelling or redness about the joint
Mar. 07, 2012