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Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment in Plano, Dallas, Prosper & Allen, TX

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment in Plano, Dallas, Prosper & Allen, TX

Posted On: November 11, 2020

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment in Dallas, Plano & Texas is the inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia)

Osgood-Schlatter disease usually occurs in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts. It often occurs in children that engage in sports that involve high impact or swift changes of direction such as running, jumping basketball, football, skating and ballet.

It is a common cause of knee pain in growing children and adolescents.

What causes Osgood-Schlatter disease?

During activities that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction such as football, basketball, volleyball, skating, and ballet, the thigh muscles pull on the patellar tendon.

The repetitive stress causes the tendon to pull on the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts into the shinbone. This results in pain and swelling.

During growth spurts, bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures change rapidly. High-impact exercises and activities such as running and jumping sports put additional stress on bones and muscles.

What are the symptoms of Osgood Schlatter disease?

The common symptoms of Osgood Schlatter disease are knee pain and swelling just below the kneecap.

Other symptoms include:

  • Pain that gets worse during certain sports and activities, such as running, jumping, kneeling and jumping, and reduces when at rest.
  • Pain that is felt in one knee but may also occur in both knee
  • Pain or discomfort that lasts for weeks or months
  • Pain that goes away and later comes back
  • How does Osgood Schlatter go away?

Osgood-Schlatter disease usually goes away during maturity when the bones have stopped growing.

What is the best treatment for Osgood Schlatter disease?

There are different treatment options for Osgood Schlatter. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium can significantly reduce pain and inflammation. Other treatment options include:

  • Resting – Resting and limiting activities that increase your pain can help to relieve your pain. Avoid sports and activities such as running, jumping, and kneeling can help ease pain and swelling.
  • Applying ice – Applying ice wrapped in a towel on the affected knee can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Stretch leg muscles – Stretching the muscles on the front of the thigh can provide you added comfort.
  • Wear compression socks or pad – Wearing compression socks or pads around the knee, especially during sports can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wear a strap – Wrap a patellar tendon strap around your leg just below the kneecap. A patellar tendon strap can help to hold down your kneecap’s tendon during sports and activities. It can also distribute and alleviate force or pressure away from your shinbone.
  • Physical Therapy – Engaging in certain exercises to stretch the thigh’s quadriceps can help reduce the tension where the patellar tendon attaches to the shinbone. Engaging in strengthening exercises for the quadriceps and legs can help stabilize the knee joint.
  • Surgery – In very rare and severe cases, surgery might be used to remove the bony overgrowth.

Is Osgood Schlatter disease permanent?

Osgood is not a permanent disease. Symptoms of Osgood Schlatter usually go away when the bones stop growing. With proper treatment, pain and swelling can be relieved. The disease does not cause permanent damage. In rare cases, it can lead to excess bone growth. You may see a visible bump where the tendon attaches to the shinbone. Surgery may be required in this case to remove the bony overgrowth.

Can you play sports with Osgood Schlatter disease?

An individual who continuously play vigorous sports even with persistent pain may develop a complete fracture in the growth plate. Though you can play certain sports as long as the pain is not severe enough to interfere with your sport, it is advised to stop playing sports until you’re completely healed.

What is the fastest way to cure Osgood Schlatters?

The fastest way to cure Osgood Schlatter is by taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium. These drugs can quickly reduce pain and swelling.

Does Osgood Schlatter require surgery?

Osgood Schlatter typically doesn’t require surgery. Surgery may only be needed in rare cases where there is a bony overgrowth. The surgery is used to cut off or remove the bony overgrowth.

Is Osgood Schlatter a disability?

Osgood Schlatter is typically not a disability. It does not cause permanent damage.

Does a knee brace help Osgood Schlatter?

Yes. A knee brace for Osgood Schlatter helps to apply pressure on the patellar tendon and also helps to relieve tension.

What exercises are good for Osgood Schlatter disease?

There are different exercises that can help Osgood Schlatter disease. These include:

Straight-leg raise to the front

To do this exercise,

Lie on your back with good right knee bent and your foot flat on the floor. Straighten the affected knee. Ensure that your low back has a normal curve. Tighten the thigh muscles in your affected leg by pressing the back of your knee flat down against the floor with your leg still straight. With your thigh muscles tight, lift your heel and entire leg slightly off the floor. Hold for about 6 seconds, and do not let your leg touch the floor. Lower your leg slowly and repeat again. This exercise should be repeated for 8-12 times.

Short-arc quad

To do this exercise,

Lie on your back with your knees bent over a foam roll or rolled towel. Your both heels should rest on the floor. Slowing lift your heel and the lower part of the affected leg while the good leg is still resting on the floor. Ensure that the back of your knee is placed on the foam roll or rolled towel while the lower leg is lifted. While your leg is lifted, hold for about 6 seconds. Then, slowly bend your knee and let your back on the floor. This exercise should be repeated for 8-12 times.

Shallow squat with knees and feet turned out

To do this exercise,

Stand on your both feet and separate them about shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight while you tighten your buttocks. Bend your knees forward slowly to lower your body about one-quarter. Ensure not to bend your knees beyond the tip of your toes. Hold this position for about 10 seconds and stand straight again. This exercise should be repeated for 8-12 times.

Step up

To do this exercise,

Place a single-step footstool on the floor and keep your foot steady on the footstool. Keep your back straight and step up on the footstool with your affected leg. When balanced on your affected leg, lift your other good leg on the footstool. Keep your knees moving in a straight line as you step up. Then, move back to the starting position and with both of your feet on the floor. This exercise should be repeated for 8-12 times.

Step down

To do this exercise,

Stand straight on the same single-step footstool with your both foot. Slowly step down with your good leg and make your heel slightly touch the floor. Keep your affected leg straight and slowing bend your knee while still on the footstool. Remain in this position for about 10 seconds. Then, take your good foot back on the footstool and stand straight again. This exercise should be repeated for 8-12 times.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment in Dallas, Plano & Texas

Can you massage Osgood Schlatters?

Yes. You can massage it with your hand from top-down. Massage can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Does KT tape  help Osgood Schlatters and where do you put KT Tape on Osgood Schlatters?

Yes. KT tape helps relieve pressure to reduce pain. It may also help to increase circulation. KT tape is placed just below the affected knee.

Does physical therapy help Osgood Schlatter?

Yes. Certain physical therapies or exercises to stretch the thigh’s quadriceps can help reduce the tension at the joint where the patellar tendon attaches to the shinbone. Certain strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help stabilize the knee joint.

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