What is Osgood-Schlatter's Disease?
What Causes Osgood-Schlatter's Disease
As a child has a growth spurt, the bones sometimes grow faster than the muscles. The quadriceps can then become tighter, putting more strain on their anchor points on the bones. Small fractures can occur at the tibial tuberosity, that holds the quadriceps onto the tibia, and the body responds by increasing the bone mass and density at the anchor site, increasing the size of the tibial tuberosity.
Previous knee injuries may make a child more susceptible to Osgood – Schlatter’s disease
When to Seek Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter's
If Osgood-Schlatter's disease is preventing your child from participating in sport it may be worth getting it treated. Knee pain or swelling may become chronic if the tibial tuberosity is not treated and allowed to rest from being continuously stressed. Without treatment or rest, as the body reinforces the tibial tuberosity with additional bone the child may develop a bony protrusion from their shin beneath their knee cap. This will usually remain for life.
Bowen Treatments work to relax and lengthen the quadriceps muscle group so that it puts less stress on the anchor point.