Osgood Schlatter’s disease, medically known as tibial tuberosity apophysitis, is an overuse injury which occurs due to inflammation at the top of the tibia (shin bone) where the patella (kneecap) tendon attaches(tibial tuberosity growth plate). It most commonly occurs in children and adolescent athletes, and can be detrimental for sporting performance.
Osgood Schlatter’s occurs in children and adolescents who are active during growth, and the most common ages are boys 11-15 years, and girls 8-11 years.
Signs and symptoms
Pain, swelling and tenderness at the site of the tibial tubercle. Pain during exercise at the site of the tibial tubercle. Pain during direct contact such as kneeling, and movements such as walking up stairs. Weakness of the quadriceps may occur.
Cases can range from mild (can generally resolve in a couple of days) to severe, which need professional treatment to assist with implementation of appropriate management plans.
Physiotherapy treatment and management can be beneficial and is typically successful in managing Osgood Schlatter’s disease. Full recovery is generally expected following the closure of the growth plate, if managed properly.
All cases are managed individually and will require personalised treatment. However, treatment will initially involve restriction of activities of high impact and management of swelling.
Treatment may also involve:Anti-inflammatory treatments. Strengthening exercises and training. Stretching. Massage. Biomechanical analysis.
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