Healthy Knees Tips # 16.

What is the Difference Between Runner's Knee and Jumper's Knee?

Jumpers knee or patellar tendonitis is pain in the tendon which attaches the kneecap or patella to the top of the shin bone or tibia. It is usually an overuse injury caused by repetitive strain. Jumpers knee consist of pain at the bottom front of the kneecap over what is called the lower pole of the patella.


Runners knee causes pain on the outside of the knee which is caused by friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee. Runners knee consist of pain on the outside of the knee, more specifically at or around the lateral epicondyle of the femur or bony bit on the outside of the knee.


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