Growing Pains – Part 1

The term osteochondrosis is used to describe a group of disorders that affect children and young adolescents with an immature skeleton. It results from abnormal development, injury, or overuse of the” growth plate” and surrounding ossification centres. (centres where bone matures)

Symptoms generally appear between 10 and 14 years of age, with boys being more affected than girls.
Children usually complain of pain and increasing disability at sport and everyday activities.
Areas of the body most often affected include:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot
  • Elbow
  • Back.

Growing Pains – Knee;


Osgood-Schlatter, an inflammatory condition, is a common cause of pain in the front of the knee. Pain is often made worse by jumping activities and direct pressure, such as kneeling.

What should I look for?
Patients have moderate to severe tenderness, swelling, over the top of the tibial bone just below the front of the knee.
Osgood-Schlatter is a self-limited process that responds well to activity modification, icing and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Physiotherapy and stretching to improve flexibility of lower-extremity muscles can help reduce symptoms.

It is important to see your physiotherapist for correct advice on temporary sport and training modifications to reduce stresses and loading through the knee and allow this condition to completely settle.

Call Sports Focus Physiotherapy at your nearest practise for helpful treatment and advice.


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