Progressive tendon loading in chronic patellar tendinopathy

Are progressive load exercises superior to eccentric exercises?

After 24 weeks, patients who perform exercises that progressively load the tendon score significantly better on pain, function and ability to play sports than those who perform eccentric exercises.

Both programmes show no differences in adherence or patient satisfaction. Thus, at least for this time frame, progressive tendon loading exercises seem superior to eccentric exercise therapy in the conservative management of patients with chronic patellar tendinopathy.


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