Osgood Schlatters disease
Osgood schlatters disease is the common cause of knee pain in children aged 10 – 15 years old. Early diagnosis and treatment is highly recommended as osgood schattlers disease can become very hard to treat if left untreated.
The disease was named after two physicians in 1903, Dr Robert Osgood and Dr Carl Schlatter.
Generally, osgood schlatters disease is caused by overuse, however there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of children experiencing this condition.
- Activity: With growth in children occurring often and rapidly, the muscles and tendons can take some time to catch up. These growth development and changes result in a pulling force from the patella tendon, on to the tibial tuberosity at the top of the shin. This can cause the area to become swollen, inflamed, which causes pain. Children who are involved in activities such as jumping and running may experience this more than children who don’t.
- Age: 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.
Treatment for osgood schlatters disease involves:
- Apply P.R.I.C.E (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation) and a cold pack every hour for up to 10 – 15 minutes at a time until pain, swelling and inflammation reduces.
- Weight bearing exercises at the guidance and recommendation of a chiropractor or physiotherapist.
- Rest from exercise that causes further strain.
- Fit a knee strap or apply a taping technique to help reduce tension and prevent movement.
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching and strengthening exercises at the advice of a chiropractor or physiotherapist.