Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment
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Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is a painful condition that affects the front of the knee. It occurs in children and adolescents and is more common in the active population of this age group. In the growing skeleton, bones are still relatively soft and the attachments of tendons which connect to muscles can be an area that gets inflamed with overuse. With Osgood-Schlatter’s it is the patella tendon, which connects to the quadriceps muscles, that is affected at it’s attachment at the tibial tuberosity that causes inflammation and pain at this bony prominence.
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Braces can be used for Osgood-Schlatter disease to reduce pain at rest and during activity. There are two main types that can be used: a single band and a double band. We have included one of each type below. additionally, when symptoms are hight, ice is a very effective method of relief, we have recommended a knee brace with ice packs that can be inserted, that fit over the tibial tuberosity, the most painful point for those with Osgood-Schlatter disease.
This single patella tendon strap applies pressure directly to the tendon which reduce the tension on the tibial tuberosity. These bands can provide pain relief with a low profile brace that can be discreetly worn under cloths and is a adjustable for a snug fit.
This is a double-strap knee brace for Osgood-Schlatters disease. It applies pressure to the quadriceps tendon above the patella as well as the patella tendon. This can be more effective for pain relief in more severe cases that benefit from additional pressure around the knee to help it feel supported.
Ice is a very effective method of pain relief for Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. This is an adjustable knee wrap that has insertable ice packs, that can be positioned over the painful area.
KT tape is an elasticated tape that can be applied to areas of pain. Applying the tape to the skin with tension can reduce the sensitivity of the area and many people report effective pain relief.
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.