Osgood Schlatter’s Disease Treatment Bankstown NSW
What Is Osgood Schlatter's Disease?
Osgood Schlatter’s disease is referred to as knee pain caused by repetitive stress or tension on the growth plate of the upper tibia (the apophysis) which can be conflicted with growth spurts and biomechanical dysfunction and anomalies/deformities. It presents in similar biomechanical dysfunction as sever's disease except that it occurs at the tibial tubercle (the bump beneath the kneecap) rather than the heel in sever's. It is characterised by inflammation, pain and swelling of the patella tendon at the attachment to the shin bone.
What Causes Osgood Schlatter's Disease?
It usually affects young people this condition mainly boys between the ages of 9 to 16 years. Pain can be extreme in cases making it difficult for your child to sit and walk. It usually worsens with activity and is commonly seen in children who participate in sports that include frequent running and jumping like netball, basketball and tennis as these sports involve a lot of frequent stopping, jumping and turning.
In extreme cases, an avulsion injury can occur which involves stretching of the patella tendon to much that it tears away from the tibial attachment which can be seen on x-ray.
Signs & Symptoms of Osgood Schlatter's Disease
Signs & Symptoms of Osgood Schlatters include:
- Pain over the tibial tubercle (the bump on the top end of the shin bone beneath the knee cap)
- Swelling over the tibial tubercle
- Pain over the the tibial tubercle that is amplified with sports and activity
- Visible or protruding lump over the tibial tubercle
- Tenderness and pain with palpation of the tibial tubercle
If you child suffers from the above signs and symptoms and if you are concerned about your child suffering from Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, let us put your mind at ease. At Bankstown Podiatry Clinic, our experienced Podiatrist can help. Call us for a friendly chat on (02) 9791 5798 or visit our conveniently located offices in Bankstown or Five Dock, Sydney.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Does Osgood Schlatter Go Away?
Symptoms of Osgood Schlatter's Disease usually go away when the child stops growing. This can be between 6 and 24 months after the child first starts experiencing symptoms. Your podiatrist or doctor will most likely prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises to help the knee heal.
How Do You Fix Osgood Schlatter?
Although symptoms typically disappear once the child stops growing, your podiatrist or doctor will recommend a variety of treatments to help ease pain and swelling. These include strengthening and stretching exercises, a padded knee brace and most importantly, resting the effected knee.
Can Osgood Schlatter Cause Permanent Damage?
Osgood Schlatter's Disease does not typically cause permanent damage however it can sometimes cause excess bone growth and produces a visible bump where the tendon attaches to the bone. If pain persists after the child has finished growing, surgery may be required to remove the bump.