Osgood-Schlatter Knee Injury McKinney, TX

by Administrator 21. February 2015 12:17

Osgood-Schlatter is an overuse injury and the most common cause of knee pain in adolescents. The inflammation of the tendons below the kneecap leads to this condition. It usually occurs in young adolescents who participate in sports activities such as soccer, gymnastic and basketball etc.

Causes:

Sometimes the condition develops without any apparent reason, however overuse of the knee is believed to be one of the common causes of this knee injury. Inflammation in the quadriceps muscle, which is used for running, jumping and climbing, can also cause the injury. As the muscle is used in a lot of sports activities during the growth of the child it can be swollen easily. Some other common causes are growth spurts, exercise and injury.

Symptoms:

Some of the major symptoms of the condition are:

  • Acute pain in one or both the knees
  • Pain worsens when the knee joint is straightened
  • Pain while running or climbing the stairs
  • Pain eases with rest
  • Inflammation & redness over tibia
  • Loss of strength
  • Bony bump under the knee cap

Diagnosis:

It is important to visit an orthopedic doctor who will diagnose the condition with the help of physical examination and other tests. The doctor can also prescribe an X-Ray and ultrasound to determine the extent of the injury.

Treatment Options:

The orthopedic doctor may suggest the following treatment options depending on the severity of the condition:

  • Cold Therapy: The doctor may recommend you to apply ice packs regularly to reduce the pain and inflammation. If you are an athlete, you should apply the ice packs following the activity. The ice should be applied at least three times a day for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stretching: The quadriceps muscle must be stretched to reduce the pain. The doctor may also suggest a few exercises depending on the comfort level of the patient. Many patella knee straps are also available in the market that can be used to help reduce the tension on the knee.
  • Rest: The best treatment option to reduce muscle inflammation and pain is to take rest and reduce physical activity. The child should not be allowed to play any outdoor sport, run or climb for sometime.
  • Anti- Inflammatory: The surgeon can also recommend certain anti- inflammatory drugs to help ease the pain.

To know more about Osgood-Schlatter, or to schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon call Dr Morgan, at (972) 727-9995.

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