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What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is characterized by the inflammation of the site below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap, or the patellar tendon, attaches to the shinbone, or tibia. Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs during growth spurts when muscles, bones, tendons, and other tissues shift rapidly.

Physical activities can place additional stress on the bones, muscles, tendons and other complex structures of young athletes. Children and adolescents who participate in running and jumping sports have a higher chance of developing this condition. However, less active children and adolescents may also experience this well-known health issue.

In the majority of instances, Osgood-Schlatter disease will resolve on its own and the pain can be managed with over-the-counter drugs and/or medications. Stretches and exercises can also help improve strength, flexibility and mobility. Alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can also help relieve pain and restore the patient’s well-being.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Explained

The bones of children and adolescents have a special area where the bone grows, known as the growth plate. Growth plates are made up of cartilage, which harden into solid bone, when a child or adolescent is fully grown.

Some growth plates function as attachment sites for tendons, the strong soft tissues which connect muscles to bones. A bump, known as the tubercle, covers the growth plate at the end of the tibia. The set of muscles in the front of the thigh, or the quadriceps, then attaches to the tibial tubercle.

When a child or adolescent participates in physical activities, the quadriceps muscles pull the patellar tendon which then pulls the tibial tubercle. In some children and adolescents, this traction on the tubercle can cause pain and inflammation in the growth plate. The prominence, or bulge, of the tubercle may become pronounced as a result of this problem.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Symptoms

Painful symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease are often brought on by running, jumping, and other sports-related pursuits. In some cases, both the knees have symptoms, although one knee might be worse. Common symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease also include:

  • Knee pain and tenderness in the tibial tubercle
  • Swelling in the tibial tubercle
  • Tight muscles at the front or back of the thigh
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Osgood-Schlatter disease is the inflammation of the bone, cartilage and/or tendon at the top of the shinbone, or tibia, where the tendon attaches to the kneecap, or patella. Osgood-Schlatter disease is considered to be an overuse injury rather than a disorder or condition. Osgood-Schlatter disease is one of the most common causes of knee pain in children and adolescents. Although it can be very painful, the health issue generally goes away on its own within 12 to 24 months.

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Osgood-Schlatter Disease Diagnosis

Throughout the consultation, the healthcare professional will discuss the children or adolescent’s symptoms regarding their overall health and wellness. They will then conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the knee. This will consist of applying pressure to the tibial tubercle, which should be painful for a patient with Osgood-Schlatter disease. Additionally, the doctor may also ask the child or adolescent to walk, run, jump, or kneel to see whether symptoms are brought on by the movements. Furthermore, the healthcare professional may also order an x-ray of the patienet’s knee to help support their diagnosis or to rule out any other health issues.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment

Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease focuses on reducing pain and inflammation. This generally requires limiting physical activities until symptoms improve. Sometimes, rest may be necessary for many months, followed by treatment and rehabilitation program. However, participation may be safe to continue if the patient experiences no painful symptoms. The doctor may recommend additional treatment, including:

  • Stretchex and exercises. Stretches and exercises for the front and back of the thigh, or the quadriceps and the hamstring muscles, can help alleviate pain and prevent the disease from returning.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medications like ibuprofen and naproxen can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

Most symptoms will completely vanish when a child completes the adolescent growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and age 16 for boys. Because of this, surgery is often not recommended, although the prominence of the tubercle will remain. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal health issues. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

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Additional Topic Discussion: Relieving Knee Pain without Surgery

Knee pain is a well-known symptom which can occur due to a variety of knee injuries and/or conditions, including sports injuries. The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body as it is made-up of the intersection of four bones, four ligaments, various tendons, two menisci, and cartilage. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the most common causes of knee pain include patellar subluxation, patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee, and Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although knee pain is most likely to occur in people over 60 years old, knee pain can also occur in children and adolescents. Knee pain can be treated at home following the RICE methods, however, severe knee injuries may require immediate medical attention, including chiropractic care.

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