• Childhood Knee Pain – What You Can Do About It

    by Dr. Jeanette Altieri
    on May 23rd, 2012

One of the most common causes of knee pain in active teens is the condition known as Osgood-Schlatter. The most common complaint is pain located at the front of the knee which hurts even more with running, jumping, and climbing or descending stairs.

There is usually no specific injury or event that is identified as the initiating cause, and one or both knees may be affected.
Although seen more in boys, Osgood Schlatter cases in young girls is on the rise as their participation in sports increases. In general, this condition is most frequently seen in boys between the ages of 10 and 15 years, while girls between the ages of 8 and 13 years are more often affected. The good news is that although the condition is common, it will usually respond rapidly to appropriate conservative care provided by a chiropractor.

Osgood Schlatter can be chronic and tends to recur over a period of months to several years, but usually clears by the age of 18. In some cases, the symptoms may persist into adulthood, or will recur when the adult begins a new recreational or athletic endeavor.

A major contributing factor to knee pain issue is the growth element. During a growth spurt, significant muscle-tendon imbalance usually develops when the bones lengthen faster than the muscles and connective tissues. This imbalance often results in tight and inflexible muscle groups. This inflexibility increases the traction forces on this site, and any repetitive athletic activity adds to stressed areas.

Conservative Care for Children – Early Treatment is Key

Author Dr. Jeanette Altieri Dr. Jeanette Altieri is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Lawrenceville community for more than 20 years.She is certified in the Webster technique, a safe and gentle technique for turning breech babies, with specialty areas in Nutrition, Pediatrics, and Pregnancy. She is an international speaker, speaking to chiropractors, their families and staff about the care of infants, children, pregnancy and motivation. She also co-hosted a local radio talk show, “Health Talk,” to help educate people on the benefits of alternative therapies and wellness.

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