Osgood-Schlatter, What is it and how do we treat it?

 

 Are you a young athlete or the parent of a young athlete?

 

If so, they you have probably heard of Osgood-Schlatter. 

 

What is Osgood-Schlatter?

 

Osgood-Schlatter is a childhood repetitive use injury that causes a painful lump just below the knee cap. The lump is caused by the inflammation of the patellar tendon where it attaches, to the tibia or the shin bone.

 

Key factors that contribute to Osgood-Schlatter.

 

One contributing factor is puberty. During this time the bones, muscles, tendons and other structures are changing rapidly. As bones grow, the muscles and tendons that attach to them are put under more stretch.  

 

Another contributing factor is overuse. Osgood-Schlatter shows up in kids who play sports.  Especially, sports that have a lot of jumping and running. The constant pull and activation of the muscle, pulls on the tendon. The tendon is pulling on the spot where it attaches bone and causes inflammation.

 

How do you treat Osgood-Schlatter?

 

Some doctors may tell you to take anti-inflammatories, rest it, ice it or even do some gentile stretching. That once the child is done growing the pain will subside. In some extreme cases, they might tell you to go for surgery where they shave down the bone.

 

If you know someone who has Osgood Schlatter, or is developing it, please feel to reach out. 

 

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Edited and Published by: Katie Brindley

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