Osgood Schlatters disease

Osgood Schlatters disease

Osgood schlatters disease occurs at the front of a child’s knee. It causes pain and inflammation located just below the knee cap, where the knee tendon connects it to the shin bone. It is a common cause of knee pain in children aged 10 – 15 years old. Early diagnosis and treatment is highly recommended for prompt treatment. The disease was named after two physicians in 1903, Dr Robert Osgood and Dr Carl Schlatter.

Causes

Osgood schlatters disease is known as a traction apophysitis. This is the medical term for when a tendon pulls on the bone in a growing child. Children who are involved in lots of sports and activities are more likely to get Osgood schlatters. However, children that are not active can also get this condition. Children who are involved in activities such as jumping and running may experience this more than children who don’t.

This disease often occurs more in boys aged 13 – 15 years old, rather than girls. However, girls certainly also experience it and it often affects them earlier at 10 – 12 years old. The age ranges can vary. Age, rapid growth and sporting activities together can contribute to this disease.

Symptoms

Pain at the front of the knee is the most common symptom. There may be a lump that develops and obvious signs of inflammation – redness and swelling. Exercises that involve running, jumping and lunging will be painful to perform.

Treatment

  • P.R.I.C.E (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation).
  • Weight bearing exercises at the guidance and recommendation of a sports chiropractor or physiotherapist.
  • Knee straps and taping techniques to help reduce tension.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by the GP or sports physician.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises under the advice of a sports chiropractor or physiotherapist.

For more information please contact us at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C).

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