Also known as “knobby knees,” Osgood-Schlatter is a painful knee disease that’s characterized by irritation of the surrounding ligament. The constant irritation results in small lumps developing directly underneath the knee. While some people result to invasive surgery to treat their Osgood-Schlatter disease, a less-invasive solution is to seek the services of a professional chiropractor. They’re fully trained in identifying bone and tendon misalignments and working them back into their original position.
It’s important to note that Osgood-Schlatter disease typically occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 15, with males being more susceptible to the disease than females. According to some reports, males are up to eight times more likely to develop Osgood-Schlatter disease than females. The reasoning behind this is due to the increased levels of physical activity in males.
Osgood-Schlatter is more of a physical condition cause by overuse of the knee and surrounding tendons rather than a “disease.” Since boys are more likely to spend their free time running, biking and playing sports, it only makes sense that they’re more susceptible to this condition. The exact cause of Osgood-Schlatter remains unknown, but most medical practitioners agree that overuse of the knee joint, muscle and surrounding tendons play a key role in this condition.
Only a single knee is affected in most cases of Osgood-Schlatter. Some of the most common symptoms associated with this disease include a noticeably large lump directly underneath the knee, minor swelling and tenderness (intensified from exercise), minor-to-moderate pain, and a generals feeling of tightness in the thigh muscles. The severity of Osgood-Schlatter ranges from mild to severe, with some of the worst cases resulting in debilitating pain and discomfort.
The good news is that Osgood-Schlatter disease typically goes away around the age of 18. Once the child has experienced his or her last growth spurt, the symptoms begin to subside. With that said, there are cases of Osgood-Schlatter disease passing well into adulthood. If you are still suffering from this condition, you should work on making lifestyle changes to reduce pressure on the knee. In turn, this should dampen the severity of your Osgood-Schlatter disease. Complimenting this with an ice pack and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) may also offer some relief.
A professional chiropractor will be able to professionally diagnose Osgood-Schlatter disease. Once the condition is properly diagnosed, they’ll perform a thorough examination of the affected kneecap to determine where the inflammation is coming from. Since each and every case of Osgood-Schlatter disease is unique, treatment varies. Therapeutic stretching of the quadriceps, hamstring and calf muscles is known to have a positive effect on the condition.
In addition to muscle stretches, your chiropractor may also recommend wearing a brace on the affected knee, especially during bouts of physical activity. This will offer some support to the weakened knee affected by Osgood-Schlatter disease.
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