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Osgood Schlatter, knee pain, children

COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN CHILDREN AND ADOLSCENTS

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Erin Boynton, M.D.
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Kids going through a rapid growth spurt are vulnerable to anterior knee pain. This is pain that occurs at the front of the knee and is often due to tendinitis, overload of the knee cap or stress of the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts (often referred to as Osgood-Schlatter disease).

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This is often characterized by a painful bump just below the knee that is worse with activity and better with rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs in adolescents during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports - are at an increased risk for this condition. However, less active adolescents may also experience this problem.

PAIN RELIEF

Sometimes, simple measures like rest, over-the-counter medication, and stretching and strengthening exercises will help relieve pain. In addition, I highly recommend wearing a knee compression sleeve or wrap. If the pain is below the knee cap I would suggest a Patella Helix. If the pain is not diffuse, then an Adjustable Knee Helix would be best.

WHY COMPRESSION WORKS

When your child is growing, quickly they lose flexibility and they need time for the muscles to strengthen to catch up to the longer levers (limbs). Applying compression takes some of the stress off of the area that becomes mechanically overloaded by these imbalances.

Erin Boynton, M.D.

Erin Boynton, M.D.

Erin Boynton M.D. serves as Medical Director for Body Helix. For the last sixteen years, Dr. Boynton has also acted as the Medical Director for the Rogers Cup Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tennis tour. She is an orthopedic surgeon, expert medical witness, consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and past-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation. In addition, Dr. Boynton is a nationally ranked tennis player. Throughout her career as a surgeon and sports doctor, she has worked with many professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argos, and she was the first female orthopedic surgeon to work in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. As Body Helix Medical Director, Dr. Boynton works closely on product development, product engineering and quality standards. She also provides input and oversight for product and clinical product performance.

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