THE BLOG OF MARK SHIELDS

Patellar Tendinitis

A few weeks ago I noticed a twinge in my right knee. It wasn't yelp-out-loud painful, but certainly discomforting. I then started to notice it more and more, when I was getting up after feeding the dog, getting out of the car, or even getting out of bed. The pain wasn't normal - it certainly wasn't from twisting a knee or knocking it against something, and it certainly didn't have such an easy and obvious cause, but I forgot about it a bit, mostly just locally complaining to anyone near by.

At the weekend, however, I went to my first under-canvas camp with my Scout Troop since rejoining them as a Scouter, the first time since 2007. It was here I noticed it in full swing - when putting up the tents, kneeling down to drive in a peg was pretty sore to get up from. On Saturday we went mountain biking and apart from basically being shamed into realising that my woeful stamina continues, my knee was pretty much pissed off with me all day long.

When I came home I had a chat with Connie about it, who reminded me that my self diagnoses in the past had been poor, based on the fact that I can't identify parts of my body, nor tell them what to do - the numerous times it took me to get a stiff-legged dead-lift's stance testifies to that. But the internet was pretty adamant that I was looking at patellar tendinitis, or jumper's knee.


  1. Hyder's had this before and he was out of action for 6 months.
  2. Alex's band was called Jumpersknee.


I made an appointment with the doctor, who then confirmed it - I have it.

So what is it? Well, as far as I can tell, I've damaged the tendons in my knee over several weeks and months by over exerting it. Athletes normally get it, especially ones who jump or have fast acting direction changes, but I don't. The only time I have been known to jump recently has been when playing with Frank. The pain is like a knot at the top of the knee cap and it feels like you've got tight trousers on over the knee cap. It hurts when getting up from my seat and stuff, but the medication (an anti-inflammatory) seems to be helping.

The long term prognosis is physiotherapy and in extreme cases surgery, but it's not a problem now I know I have it, it just means my jumping with Frank has to be curtailed.

As if that's going to happen.