With the World Cup being played, I thought now would be a good time to talk about a very common injury in football, that affects children, in particular boys in the age range of 10-14. You may have seen children who play football, suffer with knee pain, but never have heard of the reason or diagnosis before. So have you come across Osgood- Schlatter Disease (OSD) before?
What is Osgood- Schlatter Disease (OSD)?
OSD is a very common injury, whereby children who are usually going through a growth spurt, develop anterior knee pain. When the skeleton grows and the muscles can sometimes play catch-up, the overused quad muscle (front thigh muscles) can pull at the tibial tubercle at the front of the knee, causing inflammation and a painful lump to occur.
What are the symptoms of OSD?
How can we treat OSD?
Early management of symptoms is much better than trying to treat this injury when the symptoms are very painful. However it is never too late to intervene and physiotherapy can be excellent at treating OSD.
Ice packs are good for reducing swelling and inflammation after exercise or sport.
I would always treat an OSD knee injury as early as possible, however there are usually 2 different groups that sufferers fall into, which will determine how best to manage the condition.
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