The Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
schlatter syndrome, also called olsgood schlatter disease, is a knee
condition that often affects young teenagers when they are in a growth spurt and especially when they
are into sports like soccer, gymnastics or wushu. Its symptoms are knee pain and a swollen up area below the kneecap.
The osgood schlatter syndrome was named after its discoverer Osgood-Schlatter.
Description: The Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
- The osgood schlatter syndrome, also known as tubercle
traumatic apophysitis or osgood schlatter disease, is a painful inflammation of the growth plate
at the top of the shin bone (area between shin bone and knee cap).
- The pain is caused by stress on the tendon that
attaches the upper thigh muscle (quadriceps)
to the shin bone.
- The osgood schlatter syndrome can be diagnosed
through physical examination, x-ray and ultrasound scan.
Symptoms: The Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
- Knee pain
- Pain when you extend your knee or when you do a full squat.
- Knee pain when you run or when you walk up the stairs.
- The pain eases with rest
- The area below the kneecap is swollen up. In some cases the skin in this are is red too.
- Occasionally, the quadriceps muscles can lose
strength and bulk.
- Test: When you extend your knee and relax your
leg muscles, move the knee cab to one side slightly. Then contract your quadriceps slowly. Pain can be a sign => Osgood Schlatter Syndrome.
Treatment: The Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
- In most cases the osgood schlatter syndrome resolves by itself within less than a year. But when your growth spurt is very long, the knee may stay uncomfortable
for up to 3 years.
- In some cases, the force of the tightened tendon
coming from the kneecap can break parts from the shin bone. The result is a larger than normal bump between
the knee cap and the shin bone. You can often see that at young wushu-athletes
from China who do acrobatic jumps on concrete. Another possible complication of the osgood schlatter syndrome is an altered
position of the kneecap.
- Following osgood schlatter treatments are possible.
- Avoid activities that make the knee pain worse.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises for the quadriceps, hamstring
and calf muscles.
- Frequent use of ice packs to reduce the swelling.
- Rest, rest rest and rest to ease the symptoms.
- Painkillers and anti inflammation pills.
- In some extreme cases, surgery is necessary when the growth spurt stops.
Trainer advice: The Osgood Schlatter Syndrome
- Avoid all activities that worsen the osgood schlatter
symptoms and consult a doctor as soon as possible.
- If your doctor suggests you to do stretching exercises, DO THEM always.
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