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Patellar tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis is the most common knee disorder found among competitive athletes. Known as ‘jumper’s knee’, it is most likely to affect you if you play high impact sports involving bursts of intense or repeated stress, notably basketball and volleyball (these sports demand twisting on the spot, deep knee bends and sprinting).

However, anyone from the casual jogger to contact sport players may develop the condition – all too often with far-reaching consequences. One study has estimated that more than half of athletes diagnosed with patellar tendinitis were forced to retire from their sporting activity.

Classically patellar tendinitis has been explained as chronic inflammation of the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the main shin bone (tibia), at the point of connection to the kneecap. Recent research has, however, revised our understanding of the condition.

Both intrinsic (specific to the individual) and extrinsic (environmental) factors can be contributing factors to patellar tendinitis. 

Treatment involves corrective exercise (with proper exercises you can avoid the need for surgery). Partellar tendinosis is also very responsive to warm laser therapy and nutritional recommendations.

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Knee osteoarthritis

Ideal treatment for joint pain should include Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract with anti- inflammatory effects. Pycnogenol has been shown to help knee osteoarthritis,  conditions that need enhanced blood flow,  symptoms of menopause, and diabetics manage blood sugar levels. 

Dr. Tucker recommends combining  Pycnogenol  (150 mg of Pycnogenol daily), glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate ( 1500 mg daily), with omega-3s( 2-3 grams daily) to reduce inflammation related to knee OA.

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