Working out with Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome?

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    Feb 18, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I'm not quite sure if this topic has been posted up before, but hopefully someone out there can help me. Basically I've got the syndrome/disease and it's hindering my leg work outs completely. For those of you who don't know, "Osgood-Schlatter is basically a tendon that has grown faster than the rest of your leg, which causes a great deal of pain and usually a bump right under your knee." I know many people experience this as children, and are expected to grow out of it, but I've only recently discovered that I had this problem and I don't know how to work out my legs without having intense pain afterwards because of it. Squats are a killer and anything that really puts a strain on the knee seems to be out of the question, any advice would be great, thanks!
  • swlaman82

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    Feb 18, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    The best thing you can do is see an Orthopedists or visit with an athletic trainer.

    You can also buy a knee strap at almost any local sporting goods store or pharmacy. Using this it takes the pressure off of the tendon, thus helping to relive some of the pain. Other than that Ice for 20 minutes after your workout and NSAIDS are your best bet!
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    Are you sure it is Osgood-Schlatters? I thought that just affected people as they go through the pubertal growth spurt. I might be wrong, but it's worth getting a definite diagnosis.

    If it is Osgood-Schlatters you might need to take a break from weightbearing exercises, even from activities that involve a lot of jumping. But I'm not an expert!
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    Feb 18, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Yeah I got an x-ray and everything. At first I didn't think it was that either and maybe just a bursitis but apparently its not.
  • Bullone

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    Feb 19, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    I have Osgood-Schlatter, bilateral icon_evil.gif, and it developed when i was 21. I used to play Voleyball competitively... now i cannot... icon_sad.gif. But we are all different man, and you may grow out of it unlike me.

    First, you need to get away from weight work ASAP and do leg therapy with a PT.

    When the pain (and the bump) is gone, you need to be careful with your leg workout (specially squats): if you feel the most minimum pain, DROP THE EXERCISE and move on, next time use less weight.

    My Physical Therapist told me to start swimming, and so I did, but I found it boring, so I joined a waterpolo team and found out that it gives me a better leg workout than swimming. Try it out.

    This syndrome is a pain in the as*, and you have to take things slowly. Believe me. The most important thing is to keep your knees out of strain. Gradually you will start getting better.

    I hope you get better.
  • GQjock

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    Feb 19, 2008 11:58 AM GMT
    Osgood-Schlatter is a form of osteochondritis that occurs in different areas of the body usually during periods of growth
    here it's at the patellar tubercle - where the quad tendon inserts into the tibia
    it's will usually be self-limiting which means it will go away with time
    but can be very painful during that time
    and if it gets really bad you might be better off with some time in a splint to keep the movement down
    things to stay away from>>>>>>anything that puts stress on the quads
    ie: no squats ...lunges
    running or weight bearing cardio too for now
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    Feb 19, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    I'm not quite sure where to go from here. It's evident that I have to stay away from weight bearing exercises or anything that puts strain on the area, but the time for recovery seems to be either very long, and definitely different for everyone in general. I don't want chicken legs, but working out my upper body and calves seems to be my only option until I'm better, that is if it ever does go way naturally.

  • Feb 19, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    I have O-S knees as well but have been lucky to not have any problems stopping me from what I want/need to do. What's always helped me is to make sure my knees are very warm before I do any load bearing or high impact leg exercises. For example, you should not walk in the gym, go straight to the squat station and load up the squat rack and go for it. this is a GREAT way to SCREW up your knees and joints. you have to be sure your knees are warmed up. doing non load bearing squats and lunges and knee bends. If you want, invest in some neoprene knee sleeves. You can find them at any sporting goods store, sports chalet, dicks, sports authority... etc... They'll encase your knee making it VERY warm and sweaty so you don't get injured. The key to being warmed up is... you must be SWEATING! If you're not sweating, you're not warm! I like to wear a sweat suit and take if off when I get really sweaty and warm. ESPECIALLY on leg days... wear sweat pants then take them off when you feel the sweat pouring down your shins. These guidelines have helped me have a successful division I athletic career, and now a successful musical theatre/acting/dancing career.