Is your child under the age of 16 and complaining of ongoing knee pain? It might be due to a condition called Osgood-Schlatter's!
Osgood-Schlatter’s is a very common cause of knee pain in adolescents while they are growing. The bump just below the kneecap, where the tendon from the kneecap (patella tendon) attaches to the shin (tibia), is called the tibial tuberosity. It is at this point, where the tendon attaches to the bone, that inflammation can occur during growth spurts. This is due to the presence of a growth plate under the tibial tuberosity, where the bone is still growing.
One thing that can contribute to Osgood Schlatter’s is tight quad muscles- the tighter the muscle, the more the tendon is going to pull on the tibial tuberosity. Stretching and using a foam roller are good ways to try and manage this muscle tightness. Another factor that can contribute is flat feet, which occurs when your child doesn’t have a natural arch in their foot. It is also important that the quads muscle doesn’t become weak because of this condition, and so a strengthening program may be needed.
Osgood Schlatter’s usually settles when your child has finished growing and the growth plate has fused together. For girls this can be at the age of 14 years or 16 for boys. So don’t be too worried if the pain is taking a long time to settle! Even though it can take until the end of growing to settle, that doesn’t mean your child has to endure exercising through pain. There are many treatment options that can help manage your child’s symptoms so they can continue playing their sports! Book in with one of our physiotherapists today so that they can set a management plan specific to your child!