Growing Pain - Severs & Osgood Schlatters


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How much do you know about growing pain?

Has your child complained about pains in the heel or knee? Have they increased their training intensity or frequency?

Your child may be suffering from growing pains!

At Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy in Belfield, will can help your child’s growing pain and disorders.

Children need to take part in sport and physical activity as part of their life routine. It will help develop their motor and fine skills, improve strength and coordination and it will teach the importance of staying healthy. Most importantly, it will keep them away from excessive use of the tv, iPad or other forms of technology.

Too many times at the clinic I have been asked by parents if their children are training too much… yes, 10 training sessions per week is too much. Quite simply, the more training a child does, the more likely they are to strain or stress the body. There is a fine line that does exist …

Today we will discuss two growth conditions:

Severs Disease

  • Severs Disease is a condition that is inflammatory in nature. It occurs at the back of the heel and is commonly affected by constant and repetitive pulling and traction from the growing Achilles tendon as it attaches on the heel bone. If the pulling on the growth plate is excessive, local swelling and pain can occur at the back of the heel bone. What you can feel:

    • Pain while walking, running and jumping

    • Pain at rest after exercise

    • In severe cases, limping or walking on tippy toes

  • Severs Disease commonly affects children between the ages of 8-12 years. The condition will eventually dissipate once the growing slows or stops. However, there are a bunch of techniques and treatments we can do to help.

    • Ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling and pain

    • Taping to offload tendon

    • Activity modification strategies

    • Soft tissue therapy and release, and much more…


Osgood Schlatter’s

  • Osgood Schlatter’s is a disorder that is located at the bottom of the knee cap. Being a growth plate condition, it is caused by constant and repetitive pulling and traction on the growth plate (aka tibial tuberosity), from the tendon that attaches there (inferior patella tendon). What you can feel:

    • Severe tenderness on the tibial tuberosity (bone that sticks out below knee cap)

    • Pain with walking, running and jumping

    • In severe cases, quadriceps weakness

  • Local pain and swelling below the knee cap

  • Osgood Schlatter’s commonly affects ages between 11-14 years. It commonly affects sports involving lots of running, jumping and changing directions – such as basketball and football. A few techniques we can do to help include:

    • Soft tissue therapy and release

    • Ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling and pain

    • Taping to offload tendon

    • Activity modification strategies

The information can be used to gain a better understanding on growing pain, and how physiotherapy can help. To find out more about how we can help improve child's disorder, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

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