Osgood Schlatter’s disease is an inflammation of the bone at the top of the tibia (shin bone), where the tendon from the patella (kneecap) attaches. It is an overuse knee injury.
Osgood Schlatter’s disease usually strikes adolescents who are active during their growth spurts, which is the two year period where they grow most rapidly.
The most prevalent groups are Boys: ages 11-15 years – Girls: ages 8-13 years.
What the Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?
Osgood Schlatter’s disease presents in growing boys and girls as:
- Local pain, swelling, and tenderness over the tibial tuberosity at the attachment of the patellar tendon.
- Pain is experienced during exercise (e.g., running, jumping) or with direct contacts, such as in kneeling.
- Stairs, squatting and kneeling may be painful.
What Causes Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?
- Cause for Osgood Schlatter ‘s disease has been the lack of growth of the quadriceps in comparison to the femur. During a growth spurt in a child, the lengthening of the muscle is unable to keep up with the lengthening of the rapidly lengthening femur, resulting in an increased tensile force on the immature tibial tuberosity.
- Physiotherapy treatment is very successful in treating Osgood.
- Your Physio might prescribe you stretches, strengthening of thigh muscles.
- He may also strap/brace your knee to unload the affected area.
- Sports or activity modification may be required based on your symptoms.
At Enrich Physio we have experienced Sports Physiotherapists, who will be able to diagnose and effectively treat your symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease.