Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a childhood repetitive use injury causing a painful lump formation below the kneecap. Typically arising between the ages of 11 and 14, the condition afflicts more than 200,000 children and adolescents per year. The disease is experienced during growth spurts – especially in those children and adolescents who play sports in which they regularly run, jump, and pivot.

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Ballet
  • Gymnastics
  • Figure Skating

The lump formation below the kneecap makes movement very painful. Dr. Brian Kessler – Medical Director of Spine and Sports Medicine – can treat the condition through an accurate diagnosis and effective physical therapy. In-depth evaluation for suspected Osgood-Schlatter Disease:

  • Medical history
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Sporting activity history
  • Physical activity history
  • Symptomology
  • Physical examination

Physical therapy treatment plan for gluteal muscle weakness:

  • Specialized and guided xercise routines for the young patient’s individual needs
  • Increasing flexibility of the knee
  • Enhancing mobility of the knee
  • Strengthening the structures surrounding knee

According to Dr. Kessler, the long bone in the leg has a growth plate comprised of cartilage located on each end. During periods of rapid growth, these plates become strained and swollen. Combining the effects of growth spurts with continuous stress to the knees from sporting activities demanding excessive running and jumping also causes the kneecap to experience additional swelling and pain. This is because the tendon connecting the knee bone to the shin bone separate – causing a space. The lump formation below the knee cap is the result of new bone growth within this space. Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter Disease:

  • Knee pain worsening with activity
  • Tightness around the knee’s muscles
  • Swelling below the kneecap
  • A lump formation below the kneecap

Commonly, this disease only affects one knee – however – there are also cases of both knees being diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Pain ranges from mild to severe, either only during physical activity or constantly. Physical therapy is extremely helpful in managing pain and discomfort from this condition until the bones are fully grown. The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine work in concert with every child and adolescent patient to increase knee strength:

  • Quadriceps strengthening
  • Hamstrings strengthening
  • Stabilize the knee joint
  • Reduce tension and swelling

Every child’s situation is different, requiring special care and appropriate treatment modification during physical therapy rehabilitation. If you suspect that your child is suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease, schedule an evaluation at Spine and Sports Medicine for a determinative diagnosis. Delaying medical care may worsen the condition and symptomology. Medical Insurance Coverage for Osgood-Schlatter Disease At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to determine if your child is suffering from Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Most insurance plans cover will cover the cost of diagnosing and treating the disease. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims. Discover How Physical Therapy Treatment Lessens Osgood-Schlatter Disease Pain in One Convenient Location Don’t delay seeking treatment for your child’s pain and discomfort caused by Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team of Physical Therapy Experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only allow your child’s condition to worsen and increase his/her pain. Discover pain relief through the benefits of a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.

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