Osgood Schlatters Disease
Osgood Schlatters disease is not a disease. Rather, it’s an overuse injury. It is most common in children and young athletes. Osgood Schlatters is a painful swelling of the bump on the upper part of the shinbone, just below the knee. This bump is called the anterior tibial tubercle. OS is more common in children between 9 and 16 years of age. In addition, it is more frequently seen in boys than girls and usually during a period of rapid growth.
Osgood Schlatters is caused by recurring tension and pressure on the kneecap tendon around the front muscles of the thigh. This pressure is usually caused from repetitive overuse of the knee. Movement such as, running and jumping may cause OS. In addition, poor flexibility in the quadriceps & hamstrings add pressure to the knee which increases the risk for developing the syndrome.
Some of the symptoms include knee pain while running & jumping. Also, participating in any activity that puts strain on the knee can become problematic. Another symptom may be swelling. Along with pain, these symptoms may limit your ability to do activity that require full range of (knee) motion. Usually, one knee is affected. However, 20% of the cases have experienced Osgood Schlatters in both knees.
A physical examination to review your knee symptoms by your doctor is common. X-rays are not required to diagnosis Osgood Schlatters. However, your doctor may need X-rays to examine the knee pain more thoroughly.
RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compress & Elevate) is highly recommended.
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In addition, regular stretching of the quadriceps and hamstrings will help. On occasion, doctors recommend wearing knee straps (check out knee straps, pads and braces here) to relieve pressure during activity that require full knee movement. Talk to your doctor about anti-inflammatory medication. Do not take them without speaking to your doctor first. Osgood Schlatters can be quite painful, but usually resolves itself within 12 to 24 months.
The numerous injuries that are usually caused by this disorder sometimes go unnoticed. Prevention may not be possible but follow the tips below to hopefully prevent the onset of Osgood Schlatters.
- An adequate warm up
- Regular stretching before and after activity
- Proper fitted shoes
- Listening to your body (Don’t work through the pain)
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