Osgood Schlatters Disease

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Osgood Schlatters Disease

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What is Osgood Schlatters Disease?

Osgood Schlatters disease is a common cause of knee pain commonly diagnosed in adolescents between the age of 10 and 15.  Osgood-Schlatter disease is inflammation where the knee cap (patella) attaches to the shin called the tibial tuberosity.  Osgood schlatters disease primarily affects adolescents who are currently undergoing a time of rapid growth in the body, specifically the muscles and tendons inability to grow/lengthen at the same rate as the bones.  This rapid rate of bone growth therefore creates a pulling force between the patella tendon and tibial tuberosity (top of the shin), resulting in inflammation and pain around the base of the knee and top of the shin.

This condition can be further worsened in adolescents involved in running and jumping sporting activities, especially when these motions are repeated frequently, as the patella tendon plays an important role in performing these activities.Osgood Schlatters Disease Physiotherapy Toronto downtown

Symptoms of osgood schlatters disease:

  • Pain around the knee and shin area.
  • Inflammation at tibial tuberosity
  • Tenderness at tibial tuberosity 

Initial At Home Treatment For Osgood Schlatters:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Physiotherapy treatment for osgood schlatters disease:

In the acute phase osgood schlatters disease is best treated under the guidance of a well trained Physiotherapist.  Common Physiotherapy interventions and treatments for Osgood Schlatters includes;

  • Education about stretching and exercises techniques to lengthen the muscles around the knee
  • Strapping, taping or a knee brace to reduce the pulling force of the patella tendon, which is causing the pain
  • Reducing pain and inflammation by applying modalities such as laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, interferential current / TENs, or myofascial muscle release techniques .

For the long term, your physiotherapist will work with you to assess and treat any movement patterns that may be causing or adding to the occurrence of osgood schlatters disease, and help assist in a successful return to functional activities and sports.

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About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz