Youth athletes who spend a lot of time running, jumping, and playing sports are most susceptible to Jumper's Knee. This condition is a stress reaction of the tibial tuberosity. It causes pain and inflammation on the front side of the knee. Usually, this condition will occur when the athlete has growth spurts. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments struggle to keep up during boney growth spurts.
The patella tendon attaches to a growth center on the front of the lower leg, called the tibial tuberosity. When the quadricep muscles are overly tight, this will create tension through the patella tendon and onto the growth center causing pain and inflammation.
If severe enough, sometimes rest is advised, but it is commonly a condition that an athlete can play with most of the time.
At Skare Spine and Performance in Rochester, our goal will be to reduce tension and tightness in the quadricep musculature to take stress and pressure off the injury site. With muscle work and dry needling, we can effectively do this. The athlete will also be taught specific stretches for home care to speed up the healing process.
My 12 year old has Osgood-Schlatter disease and we were told there is nothing to help other than PT (which we tried), pain relievers (which we tried), and rest (which is heartbreaking for an athlete). His work with her has not only alleviated her pain but helped her to improve as an athlete and stay in the game.
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