I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with patellar tendonosis? I had had this horrible condition for around a year and have not done any running since around May. As a keen 5-6 times a week runner this is depressing to say the least, it really is starting to get me down. I thought I would just reach out to other fellow runners to see if anyone has any experience in beating this condition, and the methods they used? Any advice would be appreciated it really is looking like I will never run again in in my current state L
Background is started to hurt around a year ago, although not very much, would hurt maybe 2 or 3 out of ten at the start of runs then often disappear. Oddly, the faster I ran the less it would hurt, I would do a slow 8/min mile recovery run one day and it would hurt, then a brisk tempo run the next day with barely any pain after the first few minutes. It almost seems once the knee is warmed up, the pain goes away.
Anyway, saw a physio for about 4 months, we did the usual, stretches, strengthening, wall squats, ice, ibuprofen gel, after 4 months n real change. The giveaway is if I do a single leg squat it gets considerably more painful as I go down, then is a bit sore for about a minute afterwards. Never agony but maybe 5/6 out of ten Did 8 weeks of complete rest, no change. Ditched the physio as obviously I was not getting anywhere. Googled the condition and saw a decline board and 3x15 squats on that twice a day seemed to be the cure, started this early November.
These started as agony, really really painful, but alas after about a month things go much better, I was on the mend! Unfortunately things just kind of stalled from November, I am kind of in limbo at with the pain been between about 1-3 out of ten. It is never or really painful, but never really fine always just hurts a little bit. I am keeping pain diary, swapping from the regime to doing 15x3 twice a day daily to every second day, and this seemed to help a little, but indeed even on this regime it is up and down, for no real apparent reason the pain just seems to go up and down on a daily basis.
Currently trying 1 X 15 twice a day, daily – was okay (mainly 2/10) pain then today, for no real reason it hurts a bit more.
As you can tell this is really starting to get me down. All I want is to go out and do a run!
Has anyone got any advice at all about how to sort the tendon out? I am not doing any exercise at all, so I would say it’s less about stretching/strengthening and more about just sorting the tendon out.
Any advice at all would be appreciated, squatting regime’s/other exercises, straps, injections? If anyone knows anything please let me know! Another thing I’m not 100% is expectations regarding pain, is it ever okay to run on if it’s a bit sore, could this just be something to live with? The pain I could easily live with, I just don’t want to make it worse of have something awful happen like it rupture. Does anyone have the condition and just manages it rather than trying to eliminate it?
Thanks in advance for any advice.