Osgood Schlatter Disease
What is Osgood Slatter Disease?:-
Osgood Schlatter Disease is painful condition that occurs where the patella ligament attaches to the tibial tuberosity, just below the kneecap. It occurs from a repetitive, forceful quadriceps contraction that leads to irritation of the growth plate which results in pain, tenderness, swelling and sometimes a bony lump at the front of the shin.
Who does it effect?:- It most commonly occurs in adolescents between the age of 11-14, as they still have a growth plate at Tibial Tuberosity, that gets irritated. Osgood Schlatter Disease usually strikes during growth spurts, when the muscles and bones are growing rapidly but not all at the same time. It is more likely to occur in kids that participate in sports, especially those involve a lot of running and jumping.
What can be done to help?:- Intially Physiotherapy aims to reduce the pain and swelling in the area, with massage taping, stretching and activity modification. However to be effective long term the underlying cause will need to be addressed, such as muscle tightness and weakness or poor hip stability, to prevent the condition from reoccurring. It is important to have this treated so no long-term damage is done to the growth