Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome

Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome usually occurs in children and would normally affects both knees. This can be classified as ‘growing pains’. The pain is usually located at the tibia tuberosity (the bump in the tibia) and can be very sensitive to touch. These tend to occur when the child is undergoing a growth spurt, as well as an intense period of exercise; specifically: soccer, basketball and ballet. Traditionally speaking, there are more boys being affected by this syndrome; however the gender gap is narrowing as more girls participates in sports.

Ongoing activity, without appropriate management by a physio, may result in an avulsion fracture, whereby a piece of bone is torn away from the main bone. In this case, a splint may be ordered to allow the fracture to union.

Osgood-Schlatter is normally treated conservatively when caught quite early. Physiotherapy is usually recommended to help guide rehabilitation. Treatment would involve reducing tight muscles in the quadriceps, hamstrings and gastrocnemius muscles; as well as some strengthening exercises. Taping may also help.

Physiotherapists can also liaise with your child’s coaches so that they can continue to train, but minimizing any activities that may aggravate the syndrome. This is important as stopping their training will stunt their skills growth. Stopping training will also result in muscle atrophy and tightness developing as you ‘wait’ until the pain goes away. This may then create a domino effect and result in other issues in the near future.

Our physiotherapists at Capital Physiotherapy are well experienced dealing with Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome. Not only are they qualified to assess the functioning of your child’s knee joint; but they also have experience working with different sports clubs. This means they are well placed to not just treat your child, but communicate with other stakeholders to ensure your child gets the best care they deserve. This holistic care is important for your child’s wellbeing and Capital Physiotherapy will deliver.

So don’t hesitate to contact us at Capital Physiotherapy and we will get your child back to their best!