INURY OF THE WEEK
Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
This is an apophysitis injury where the outer layer of the bone has traction applied regular and with significant load, causing inflammation and pain at the point where the muscle inserts to the bone via a tendon. The injury usually occurs when a growing child has a growth spurt. At this point the muscle length doesn’t change in accordance to the sudden change in bone length. The muscle is then stretched and this stretch causing the pulling on the bone and the subsequent stress response of the bone.
In Osgood’s, the quadriceps muscles insert to the tibial tuberosity via the patella tendon (see photo). This causes pain at the bony lump (tibial tuberosity) just below the knee. Pain is often caused by loading, for example, running, jumping and landing where the quadriceps contract to produce or control load and decelerate. This load on to a bone that is stressed is what results in the associated pain.
We will have a video arriving later this week on rehabilitation for Osgood’s, YES YOU CAN REDUCE THE PAIN FROM IT and the bony lump that may result in adulthood can be avoided!
It is as simple as relieving some tension and then strengthening and repositioning to prevent biomechanical issues that may cause more tension through the patella tendon.
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