Friday, March 15, 2013

Active650 and Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD)

Who does Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD) affect?

The three main vulnerabilities for OSD are:
  • Children (aged 9-16)
  • Sporty or active individuals
  • Growth spurts
Typically, Osgood Schlatters Disease is more likely to occur in individuals that are in all three groups.

What is Osgood Schlatters Disease?

What is Osgood Schlatters Disease or OSD?
Named after the 2 doctors who defined the complaint in 1903 (Dr Robert Osgood and Dr Carl Schlatter), Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD) is where the patella tendon pulls at its attachment on the tibial tubercle (top of the shin bone).
In a growing child the attachment is around the cartilaginous area of the growth plate and the soft bone around it. This softness leaves the area susceptible to damage, aggravation and inflammation if the loads placed on the patella tendon are sufficient.

Symptoms of Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters Disease often presents with the affected child rubbing the top of his or her shin bone either during or after activity. The pain is always linked to activity and can result in swelling below the kneecap.
The tibial tubercle (the bony lump underneath the kneecap) can become swollen and very tender to touch.
Diagnosis of Osgood Schlatters Disease or OSD
Movement can be painful, especially with vigorous activity such as jumping, kicking and running and in more severe cases will be impossible.
Often a child with OSD will limp during or after activity.
Diagnosis should be made by a qualified medical practitioner and may be confirmed by imaging such as scans or x-rays.

How does an Active650 Patella support help?

Treatment of Osgood Schlatters with knee band or knee support brace
Unlike conventional patella straps, which are velcro and squeeze the patella tendon with no facility to stretch as the knee expands as it bends, the double layer of support offered by an Active650 Patella Strap exerts gentle but firm pressure on the patella tendon. This support reduces the loads and stresses on the patella tendon and therefore helps to reduce the amount of pull on the attachment of the tendon.
If a Patella support is worn at the first signs of Osgood Schlatters Disease, the first diagnosis, for any flare ups, or even for preventative measures the comfort and support will aid in the management of the symptoms.
The super-flexibility of the Active650 Patella strap will not restrict movement and is so comfortable it has been likened to wearing a watch – you forget it’s there. All this results in the Osgood Schlatters Disease (OSD) sufferer being able to be more active, with less pain, sooner.

Every Muscle, Every Body!

Ben Scott, BSc (hons)
Anatomical Sciences