Osgood Schlatter Disease
Osgood Schlatter Disease describes a condition that typically occurs in adolescents and is a common cause of pain at the front of the knee. It usually occurs in very active adolescents who engage in activities such as jumping, sprinting and change of direction on a regular basis. It often occurs at the
same time as a growth spurt.
Signs and symptoms:
- Pain at the front of the knee
- Swelling under the kneecap.
- Pain that worsens during running/jumping.
- Limping after physical activity
- Pain that gradually worsens.
What can I do to manage this?
It is important to first seek an accurate diagnosis from a chartered physiotherapist. OSD can be of varying severity so each case will be treated differently. The most common methods used to manage this condition are as below:
- Treatment should begin with rest, ice and sometimes anti inflammatories.
- Limiting the aggravating activity.
- Gentle strengthening programme that gradually loads up the patellar tendon.
- Shockwave therapy has been shown to have good effect in OSD.