How to Deal With Osgood Schlatter Disease

How to cope and deal with Osgood Schlatter disease.

Steps

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    Relax. Rest and decreasing activity when your children have symptoms.
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    Use ice. Putting ice over the painful area two to four times a day, and after activities.
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    Consider OTC drugs. Ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
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    Keep active. Adolescents should be allowed to play sports if the activity does not cause too much discomfort. However, symptoms will improve faster if activity is kept to a minimum. Sometimes, a child will need to take a break from most or all sports for 2 or more months.
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    In the rare case where symptoms do not go away, a cast or brace may be used to support the leg until it heals. This typically takes 6 - 8 weeks. Crutches may be used for walking to keep weight off the painful leg.
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    Rarely, surgery may be needed.

Tips

  • When in a kid, Osgood Schlatter disease will go away once they stop growing
  • Treat your kid to ice cream or some other treat after diagnosis, this way you can ease into explaining what is happening.

Warnings

  • Make sure to get an x-ray if the pain is too unbearable.
  • Ask a doctor to give you|your child a paper for physical education class,so you|they have permission to rest from sports for a while.

Article Info

Categories: Health | Feet Knees and Legs