Osgood Schlatter Disease

Quick facts about Osgood Schlatter Disease and the symptoms, possible causes behind it and treatment.

WHAT IS OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE?

Osgood Schlatter Disease is an overloading and inflammation of the point where the patellar tendon meets the lower leg (the growth zone). Mainly affects boys aged 10-16, but also occur among girls who take part in a lot of sport. The problem gets better spontaneously and the prognosis is good, but it may take a number of years to heal completely.

 

POSSIBLE CAUSES

The exact cause is not known, but the pain is often accentuated if a lot of exercise is done without rest and recovery periods. Most often experienced by adolescents during and after growth spurts.


SYMPTOMS

  • Pain at the point where the tendon meets the shinbone.
  • Swelling and tenderness at the point where the tendon meets the shinbone.
  • A bulge may appear at the point where the tendon attaches.

 

TREATMENT

  • A brace for relieving pressure and warmth.
  • Reduce the amount of weekly training sessions and competitions.
  • Alternative training
  • Wet-vest and cycling.
  • Heat and cold.
  • Stretching.
  • Insoles and good footwear.