Osgood SclatterThis disease is the common cause of knee pain for growing adolescents.

Symptoms

The key symptom is knee pain caused by inflammation just below the knee.  This is where the kneecap (patellar) tendon meets and attaches to the shinbone (tibia).

Assessment  

There are various reasons for knee pain so seeing a professional lower limb expert is important.  Also a biomechanical assessment, particularly using Dr. Abbie Clinics’ unique NBA (Najjarine Biomechanical Assessment) system, can quickly determine Osgood Schattler disease and how this is affecting the patient’s gait, posture and wellbeing.

Treatment

Treatment for Osgood Schattler Disease is non-surgical. At Dr. Abbie Clinics we would look at the most immediate ways to relieve pain.  This could be one or a combination of the following:

  • Stop doing your exercise regime of strenuous activity and rest as much as possible
  • Ice the area of pain as required during the day, you can use an ice pack or other method for this, as long as this is done for up to 20 minutes until the skin becomes numb
  • Orthotics, which are engineered to suit your biomechanics, can help limit aggravation and assist with healing
  • Strapping techniques can help provide support while healing occurs
  • Prolotherapy has had positive results helping to stimulate cartilage repair
  • Anti-inflammatory medication like Voltaren or ibuprofen help reduce swelling and pain.

If you are experiencing these symptoms call 1800 DR ABBIE or email reception@dr-abbie.com to organise an assessment.