Osgood-Schlatter's disease is a painful condition of the knee that occurs most commonly in athletes and adolescent boys ages 10-14. The condition occurs with stress to the patella tendon where it attaches to the tibia. The bony attachment called the tibial tuberosity can become swollen, tender and painful. Repetitive strain to the infra-patella tendon results in deterioration around the tibial tuberosity. Occasionally the forces can cause an avulsion fracture either partial or complete. The body heals these fractures by laying down more extra bone and a larger bump below the knee may occur.
Many times the condition occurs right after a growth spurt. Pain is reproduced when firing the quadriceps or increasing stress on the tibial tuberosity. Over the long haul, Osgood-Schlatter's can alter the position of the knee cap and predispose a person to chondromalacia patella or patella-femoral syndrome. Proper treatment from the beginning is important.
When diagnosing and assessing Osgood-Schlatter's disease, special attention must be placed on global assessment of the whole kinetic chain. Many times imbalances in the pelvis can lead to increased tension on the quadriceps muscle on one side. The hypertonic quadriceps leads to inflammation and pain at the tibial tuberosity. X-ray or MRI testing can be performed to determine the full extent of the injury.
Chiropractic care can offer a lot to promote healing and reduce pain and suffering associated with Osgood-Schlatter's. Pelvic imbalances can be address with a proper chiropractic adjustment. Cross friction massage and post-isometric relaxation stretching can help break up fibrous scar tissue. Cold laser therapy and ultrasound can help speed soft tissue healing. An infra-patella strap can help take pressure off of the tendon.
If you are suffering with Osgood-Schlatter's disease and looking for a chiropractor in the Frisco area, contact Frisco Spinal Rehab today. Our Spinal Care center in Frisco TX deals extensively with sports injuries and pediatric chiropractic. Our chiropractors and therapists have protocols to help you recover quickly.