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What is Popliteal Tendinitis?
Popliteal tendinitis refers to an overuse injury of the popliteal tendon. The condition is also known as popliteus syndrome.
The popliteus is a small muscle which is located at the back of your knee. It is important in unlocking the knee from a fully straightened position. This is important for everyday activities such as walking. It is also very important for stability around the knee and controlling the shearing forces around the knee.
What Causes Popliteal Tendinitis?
Popliteal tendinitis can be caused by a variety of different factors. These include:
What are the Symptoms of Popliteal Tendinitis?
The most common symptoms of popliteal tendinitis include:
How is Popliteal Tendinitis Diagnosed?
On examination, your physiotherapist or sports doctor will look for signs of popliteal tendinitis. An MRI or ultrasound may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.
What is the Treatment for Popliteal Tendonitis?
Many patients with popliteal tendinitis start to feel better within a couple of weeks of treatment. The time frame of your recovery will depend on a variety of factors such as age, previous activity level, treatment compliance and the degree/length of your injury.
Your physiotherapy treatment will aim to:
If you have any questions or concerns at any stage of your rehabilitation, please let your physiotherapist know.
How to Prevent Popliteal Tendinitis?
There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing popliteal tendinitis.
For more advice, please consult with your sports physiotherapist.
Return to Sports with Popliteal Tendonitis
Recovery for athletes with popliteal tendinitis is generally good. It is important that you complete your full rehabilitation program as prescribed by your physiotherapist to prevent further problems and reduce your risk of re-injury.
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