Tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) is the inflammation of a tendon. A tendon is a thick cord made up of tiny fibers that connect muscles to bones. When people have inflamed or irritated tendons, they may experience pain, tenderness and mild swelling
near the affected joint. Tendonitis can happen in any tendon in the body, but it’s most likely to occur in shoulders, knees, elbows, wrists, and heels.
Knee tendonitis results from an irritated or inflamed tendon in the knee, which can cause significant pain. You may have heard of knee tendonitis referred to as runner’s knee or jumper’s knee. A common type of knee tendonitis is called patellar
tendonitis, which happens when the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shin gets injured.
Tendonitis is usually caused by repetitive motions in your knee that put excessive stress on a tendon, such as playing a sport or doing physical labor.