Osgood-Schlatter is a complaint we often see in young boys who are growing up and are fanatically involved in sports. During fanatical sports, the tendon of the rectus femoris (upper leg muscle) is often pulled hard. These pulls cause irritation at the attachment of the tendon to the bone, which can be noticed as a hard lump on the shinbone. Osgood-Schlatter's often cause pain in the knee. A recognizable symptom is pain during sports, which sometimes gets worse. It is important in Osgood-Schlatter's case to keep moving but, for example, to play sports less intensively.
Osgood-Schlatter is a complaint we often see in young boys who are growing up and are fanatically involved in sports. One of the large thigh muscles (rectus femoris) attaches to the shinbone. Boys who are growing up and play sports regularly often pull hard on the attachment of this muscle. This pull causes an irritation. This irritation can be noticed as a hard lump on the shinbone. This lump can be seen as a kind of bone formation. This bone formation is caused by the many sports and the hard growth at a young age. It is important to know that Osgood-Schlatter is a very innocent thing. But it can cause some unpleasant symptoms, such as painduring exercise.
Often we see that in Osgood-Schlatter there is pain in the knee. The pain is usually located just below the knee. Pain may also be felt at the front of the knee. Touching or pushing the lump on the shinbone can also cause pain or an unpleasant feeling. Recognizable to Osgoos-Schlatter is pain during sports, sometimes getting worse.
In order to find out the origin of the knee complaints and whether Osgood-Schlatter is involved, the physiotherapist will start the first treatment with an interview. From this information the physiotherapist can make possible diagnoses. After that he will carry out a number of tests. Based on these tests, the physical therapist can make a diagnosis.
The treatment of Osgood-Schlatter can be made up of different aspects. Mostly a combination is made of pain reduction by, for example, massage or mobilisation and the performance of exercises in the exercise room. The physiotherapist will check which exercise the best fit for you and give advice on recovery. It is important to keep moving when you have Osgood-Schlatter, but you should not exercise so intensively, for example.