Osgood Schlatters Disease: A Growing Disease

November 12, 2012

Osgood Schlatters Disease: A Growing Disease

Are you a youngster who participates in athletic sports and experiences swollen and painful knees? It might turn out that you have Osgood Schlatters disease.

The Osgood Schlatters disease is actually a syndrome and not a disease. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that may have many etiologies (causes). However, Osgood Schlatters disease (syndrome) involves the tibial tubercle epiphysis. The epiphysis area is a part of a long bone that has the ability to grow and lengthen. This syndrome occurs in children and athletes between the ages of 10 to 16 years of age.

The symptoms of Osgood Schlatters disease involve inflammation and pain of the lower leg that is often apparent while exercising and more often after exercise. Symptoms often disappear when the individual stops growing and their tendons become strong.

Athletic Activities and Osgood Schlatters

More often than not, Osgood Schlatters disease happens when the patellar tendon is overused and becomes stretched. The patella happens to be the knee cap. This tendon attaches to the quadriceps on the front of the thigh and inserts itself on the tibia just below the knee. The tibia happens to be your shin bone. Inflammation of this tendon just below the knee often occurs when children and young teens who do a lot of athletic activities such as running and/or jumping. At some point, it may become necessary to bring your child to a sports therapist for proper testing to determine exactly what the problem is. The doctor will do a thorough exam around the knee area checking for redness, soreness and swelling. The healthcare provider may also want to do a range of motion test and possibly take an X-ray to get a clear picture of the problem.

Treatments and Osgood Schlatters

There are some things you can do if you have Osgood Schlatters disease. First off, make sure you see a doctor and get a good diagnosis to make sure you have this disease and that is what is causing you pain and stiffness. Only your doctor can do this. Fortunately, treatment for this disease is relatively simple. Initially, you want to rest the knee region and place cold packs on the knee for about 10 to 15 minutes. Do this for a couple of hours or as long as you can. After 24 hours or so, you can alternate hot and cold compresses. If it is necessary to walk around, a knee brace is a handy thing to have. These are available at the pharmacy and well worth the price. Most of them are made out of neoprene, easy to wrap and comfortable to wear. A knee brace will provide the necessary support you’ll need. It is advised to wear the knee brace when you’re exercising as well.

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