Gentle stretching exercises, particularly for the quadriceps muscles can be done as soon as pain allows.
If the bones of the young athlete have grown quickly during a growth spurt and the thigh muscles have not yet caught up then lengthening them through stretching exercises can help reduce the strain on tendon insertion into the bone.
Below we demonstrate some simple stretching exercises for Osgood Schlatters. The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before beginning rehabilitation.
Muscles to be stretched
The quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh attach via the knee cap or patella and patella tendon to the tibia or shin bone at the tibial tuberosity. Gently stretching the quad muscles may help in the treatment of Osgood Schlatters disease although it must be done slowly and gradually.
If stretching is painful, it should not be performed. Too much stretching when it is not necessary could make the condition worse.
Lying quadriceps stretch
Lie on your front and bend the knee so that the foot moves towards the buttock. Use a hand to pull the foot closer, until you can feel a stretch at the front of the thigh. Hold the position for 20-30 seconds, pulling the foot closer if the stretching feeling fades.
Standing quad stretch
Stand next to a wall or something you can hold on to. Bend the knee of the leg you wish to stretch and pull the foot towards your buttock. When you can feel a slight stretch, hold this position for 20-30 seconds. If the stretch feeling fades, pull the foot further in, or tilt the hips backwards.
Professional sports physiotherapist Neal Reynolds talks about stretching and Osgood Schlatters disease.