Osgood Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in adolescents, affecting boys three times more than girls.
With Osgood Schlatter Disease, patients localize their pain to the front of the knee, where the tendon that runs from the base of the kneecap, known as the patellar tendon, attaches to the upper part of the lower leg. Excessive stress over this attachment produced by repeated activation of the large quadriceps muscle on the front of the thigh results in pain, swelling, and tenderness, and can be accompanied by the development of a prominent bump on the upper part of the shin bone just below the kneecap, one of the hallmarks of this disease.
Children who are active in sports, particularly those involving forceful, repetitive quadriceps activation, such as with jumping and sprinting, may be at increased risk for developing Osgood-Schlatter disease. With sports season in full force now this fall season, it’s important to look for signs of Osgood-Schlatter.
Physical Therapy Can Help!
While Osgood-Schlatter disease is self-limiting, meaning that with time the pain will go away on its own, a course of physical therapy can often be helpful to decrease the intensity and duration of the symptoms.
In addition to treatment designed to control pain and inflammation around the affected region, the physical therapist will also employ treatments aimed at limiting the stress and strain exerted by the quadriceps muscle over the patellar tendon attachment such as taping or strapping, flexibility exercises, and activity-modification.
Call Dynamic Physical Therapy
If you have or know a child that may be suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy. We utilize a combination of hands-on techniques and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered environment that can help your child get back to performing pain free!
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