Osgood – Schlatter’s Disease (OSD) is an overuse injury to the knee in adolescents. It is caused by inflammation to the patellar tendon where it attaches to the tibia (shinbone). Young adolescents that participate in high impact sports (basketball, soccer, and gymnastics) are most susceptible to this condition. Growth spurts make teenagers vulnerable due to the rapid growth of muscles and bones, but not necessarily at the same time. Difference in size and strength places abnormal stress on the growth plate of the tibia.
Once diagnosed with this disease, the aim of treatment would be to reduce the pain and inflammation with the use of NSAID’s (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs), physical therapy, and compressing the knee while the adolescent is performing activity until he/she can do so without discomfort. Most common symptoms are knee pain, inflammation, and tenderness below the knee cap. Symptoms that worsen may require rest for a few months, and may last for up to 2 or 3 years, but should be resolved by the end of a teenagers growth spurt.
Physical Therapy would include the following: Increase strength and range of motion, decrease inflammation, and increasing ability to perform previous functional activity with proper form and technique.
We treat patients with Osgood Schlatter’s and knee pain in the 34711 area!