What is Osgood’s Schlatter Syndrome?
It is a childhood repetitive-use injury that causes a painful lump below the kneecap. It occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, and children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports – are at an increased risk for this condition. Less active adolescents may also experience this problem.
Can physiotherapy help people with Osgood’s Schlatter Syndrome?
Yes. The focus of physiotherapy treatment is pain reduction, activity modification, muscle flexibility and strength improvement and a return to pain-free functional activities.
What are the causes of Osgood’s Schlatter Syndrome?
Gender – boys are more prone to this condition than girls
Injury such as a previous knee injury
Activities involving repetitive, strong quadriceps contractions, such as in jumping, running, volleyball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, dance, netball and ice skating increases the risk of having Osgood’s Schlatter syndrome
What are the symptoms of Osgood’s Schlatter Syndrome?
Pain, swelling and tenderness just below the knee cap
Stair climbing, squatting and kneeling are painful
Pain during exercise
Pain when straightening the knee
Pain subsides with rest
Loss of quadriceps muscle strength and bulk
Pain in one or both knees
Not sure about your conditions?