As school starts and the kids get back into running around all day, knee pain may be a complaint you hear from your child. One of the most common knee conditions is called ‘Osgood-Schlatters’. This condition is a bone injury that occurs due to excessive tension from the quad muscles.
During growth spurts the bones grow at much faster rate than the muscles and tendons, causing them to stretch. This stress is increased even more during sports and exercise. When we use the quad muscles it pulls on the top of the tibia (shin bone) where it attaches. This bone is still growing and therefore becomes inflamed from the extra stress.
Osgood-Schlatters is mostly seen in adolescents in their early teen years, and those involved in sports like soccer, basketball & gymnastics are most susceptible.
Thankfully Osgood-Schlatters is a benign condition that resolves with time. Treatment for the condition is aimed at reducing the pain and restoring the normal function of the knee. The RICE formula works well for treatment, this involves:
Rest – avoid painful activities and sports
Ice – apply 2-3 times daily for 15-20 minutes at a time
Compression – compress the inflamed area with an elastic bandage
Elevation – elevate the leg when possible
If you are concerned your child has Osgood-Schlatter’s or any other injuries book an appointment at (07) 3823 5423 to have them assessed by one of our podiatrists.