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Physiotherapist on Osgood Schlatters Disease
Premiership Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds talks about Osgood Schlatters Disease, treament and stretching exercises.
Treatment-wise the first thing to do is try to get the area to calm down, using cold and rest.
Resting is by far the most important part of treating Osgood-Schlatters. Training load should be adjusted according to the severity and stage of injury. If you get this right it is possible to manage the condition by training more when it settles and resting when it flares-up. It is possible to still improve technically and to get enough training in. If you keep pushing it might become so painful that the child has to miss 12 or even 18 months of training and playing, at which point chances of a professional career may be over.
Stretching in theory can be used to help increase the length and stretch of the muscle to match the bone growth. Stretching will help if the muscles are too tight and stretching may help ease the symptoms. However the problem is that the strength isn't there so the muscle needs to catch up on this front too.