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Pain is the first symptom of patellar tendinitis, usually between your kneecap and where the tendon attaches to your shinbone (tibia).

The pain in your knee may:

  • At first be present only as you begin physical activity or just after an intense workout
  • Worsen until it interferes with playing your sport
  • Eventually interfere with daily movements such as climbing stairs or rising from a chair

When to see a doctor

For knee pain, try self-care measures first, such as icing the 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
Jan. 08, 2015