Received:February 25, 2021; Published:March 29, 2021
Corresponding author: Stasinopoulos Dimitrios, Department of Physiotherapy, University of West Attica, Member of Laboratory of Neuromuscular & Cardiovascular Study of Motion (LANECASM), Agiou Spyridonos 28, Egaleo 12243, Athens, Greece
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Eccentric exercises are not effective for all patients with chronic patellar tendinopathy (CPT). The aim of the present case report is to present the effect of eccentric - concentric loading combined with stretching exercises on pain and disability in a patient experiencing CPT. A patient with unilateral CPT for 7 months was included in the present report. The patient followed a supervised exercise program five times per week for 6 weeks consisting of slow progressive eccentric - concentric loading of quadriceps using forward step lunge (FSL) with the anterior knee motion going in front of the toes (FT) and static stretching exercises of hamstrings and quadriceps. The program was individualized on the basis of the patient’s description of pain experienced during the procedure. The patient was evaluated using the VISA-P questionnaire at baseline, at the end of treatment (week 6), and 1 month (week 10) after the end of treatment. At the end of the treatment and at the follow-up there was a decline in pain and a rise in function. The results of the present trial suggest that the combination of slow progressive eccentric - concentric loading of quadriceps using forward step lunge (FSL) with the anterior knee motion going in front of the toes (FT) and static stretching exercises of hamstrings and quadriceps can produce significant improvements in terms of pain and disability in CPT.
Keywords: Patellar Tendinopathy; Lunges; Stretching; Jumper’s Knee
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