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Br J Sports Med. 2007 August; 41(8): 522.
PMCID: PMC2465439


Recalcitrant patella tendinopathy has traditionally been a difficult condition to treat successfully. An understanding of the importance of eccentric loading has certainly helped, and the availability of other modalities such as extracorporeal shock wave therapy gives clinicians more options, but this condition has always been frustrating to treat. Surgery has offered reasonable symptomatic relief, but in athletic endeavours that can be measured (such as high jump), a permanent decrease in performance can be observed. Autologous blood injection offers us an alternative treatment modality, and this study adds to the anecdotal evidence that it can be very effective in the treatment of patella tendinopathy.

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