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Will continued sports participation worsten my 12 year old son's Osgood-Schlatter?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 28, 2006
  • 01:31 PM

Will continued sports participation worsten my 12 year old son's Osgood-Slaughter disease or is it more just managing the pain for him?

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  • I'm a 20 year old girls who has suffered from Osgood Slaughters disease since I was 13 years old. I was involved in cheerleading through my school, and I've been a dancer since I could walk. When my doctors diagnosed me they told me to give everything a rest...but of course I didn't listen and I convinced my parents that I could handle it. So now I'm 20 and in more pain than ever! My best advice would be to take a break from sports and physical activity because this disease is suppose to heal on it's own, but it won't if your son continues sports. It's hard but I regret sticking to dance and cheerleading 6 days a week because I'm paying for it now. I've been through physical therapy and my knee is so far gone that physical therapy didn't even help. Good luck! and please make your son listen to his doctors!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2006
    • 09:00 PM
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  • Will continued sports participation worsten my 12 year old son's Osgood-Slaughter disease or is it more just managing the pain for him?The Osgood-slaughters will not be worsten by sports, however there can be some damage cause by a syptom of Osgood's. Swelling in around the joint can slightly increase his risk for injury during sports and activities. To help with the swelling you need to wear a protective knee gaurd for Osgoods and ice after ever other game and practices. You might also think about having him take a suppliment that supports the joints. ie. a vitamin with Vitamin E and selenium in it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 07:41 PM
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  • I am not an expert, however I am 20 years old and have had Osgood Schlatters disease since I was 12. At the time I was told to "ease of sport" which I did. I dropped swimming and football because it hurt too much but refused to gve up cycling and basketball, although I did stop playing basketball when my knee started to hurt - so I reduced my sport by alot (I didn't participate in school PE lessons either)However my symptoms did not go away like the doctor said. Whether this is because I did not "rest" my knee or "drop all sports" is upto personal oppinion. but I would advise you look on the internet and do your own research. I did not and after 4 different physiotherapists and an operation I am still having huge problems with sports (I now can't cycle or play AB Basketball like I used to) and can't kneel (which is a bigger problem than you think, untill you can't kneal you don't know what a great gift it is)I hope your son gets better soon, please don't be too negative since this is now your second "bad experienced" reply. If you are not happy with what your doctor is telling you keep going back.Samantha Taylor
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  • I'm 16, and started experiencing this pain a few weeks back. The pain itself hasn't increased at all with running / sprinting, and certainly goes down with a couple ibuprofen and icing after practice (baseball) - I figure that I could shake this if I had a week off, but that won't happen for another month or two...Secondly, there's a bud on the team (also 16, catcher) that had this come up when he was about 12/13 and catching (resting on his knees, basically) for 15+ hours a week. Unfortunately for him it worsened, and he ended up having surgery to repair some ligaments at age 14. He constantly wears heat wraps and he swears by them, but after he catches a game he's in some bad pain regardless.Sorry to continue the negative trend, I'm sure there's plenty of positive stories where the successors don't care to look it up online, it's fairly common. Good luck.
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  • I took my son to the chiroprator and had the same diagnosis. The chiroptrator's niece had used a special knee band and had continued to play basketball. At the office he put electro. and iced the knees and we will probably be there every week for a treatment for a few weeks. Doc measured my son's knees and ordered the knee band brace thing two days ago. It is not the big black ones I was ussed to seeing. It is only two cord like bands, one above the knee that holds the tendon to support it and one below to hold the tendon and support it as well. In the picture it looked to have a connecting part to hold the bands, but it was had to see it in the picure. My son is very very active and runs cross country. The doc said no running for a few days- only walking on the treadmill or on the ellipical machine. Do leg curls and leg extensions with light weights only and no close chained machines. Those are machines that would put pressure on both sides of the leg-like leg presses. He is not to run hills, but can do mostly whatever he feels up to. We will be icing as needed and I'll let you know how it goes.
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  • im 17 and i was diagnosed with it a few years back but ive have another problem that my doc cant figure out, theres a large knot on the top of my tibia and it feels like a bone but it doesnt show up on mri's and x-rays, and its olny in my left knee.i've taken a break from sport on my lower body but it still hurt constanly
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  • Hi I'm 18 years old and i've had osgood's since I was 13. I used to swim and run. I chose not to cut down on swimming and it has cost me alot, despite, it being 'gentle', it worsened my condition. My advice would be to stop sport as much as possible for at least a couple of months; simply because, it could fully heal in that time. if you continue, the injury could get worse at the very least you could end up being like me, stuck with it. osgoods is supprisingly common, but becomes rarer the longer you have it. some of my friends had the disease, and played football (soccer) one ended up getting tendonitis and so crutches for 8 months the other snapped his tendon and had to have an operation. on the brighter side despite this both managed to overcome the disease. for the record knee supports and heat wraps do work to help with the pain.hope this helps
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 10:42 AM
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  • My daughter is 11 and has been playing fastpitch softball rec & travel since age 7.........batting 4th & 5th, short stop and third base mostly. This is her first season she is able to play for her school as she just graduated to sixth grade. At her physical the doctor discovered she had Osgood's. He told her she couldn't play any sports for 6th months. Devistated couldn't describe her reaction of flooded tears and "I don't understand Mom it's not fair!" It all started back in June 07 when she was catching for a team mate pitcher without gear.........yes I always tell her NOT to do that but at age 11 it doesn't seem to work, especially when they think they are pro's. She iced the right knee for about 2 weeks and stayed off it pretty much the whole summer and stopped complaining of pain after a month. She made it past try outs and made the team but after the past two weeks of practice she complained about tenderness and pain. Needless to say the day she was diagnosed we purchased a knee support immediately after we left the Dr.'s office and had x-rays the day after that.....now waiting for the outcome. In the imterim she has been icing again after walking home from school and being very ginger with the knee. My confusion is that there is so much conflicting information on the subject, I am not sure if I should let her play w/knee brace, icing after practice and games, IB's and heat wraps?? The doctor will re-evaluate after 3 weeks and discuss x-rays. I know there is not one right answer and ultimately it's our family decision. I guess it just feels good to share? I hurt when my daughter hurts and right now her hear is broke. As a parent I know I have to think of her future health. Her dream is to save me money by getting a softball scholarship. Thank goodness up to this point she is an A student. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone facing the similiar situation.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 08:42 PM
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  • I feel for you my kid has the same issues and I get no support from the soccer coaches and basically has been swept aside like a pile of dirt. We have done all the medical things and still get questions and ignorant remarks from parents in the town like we are forcing our child to play in pain. This has been going on for 10 months now and our kid has very little pain at all and the therapist says he is doing fantastic progress. I just don't get people. They can't wait to jump in his place and keep my kid emotionally down. We do baseball too and in our case the OSD has not affected the pitching. He can do basketball too. The soccer is more of a struggle because of the running so he switched postions to less running and playing time cut. And even that has people making comments about why is that kid out there he should give up.I just want to cry all the time but I stay strong for my kid 100%. When his OSD was the worst ( the first 6 months ) I got no support or interest that would have been nice to hear. Now that he's slowly gaining his running back I get nasty remarks. This is a child who was always in the top 5 in every sport and he is working his way back and I am proud of his courage to do so.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 21, 2007
    • 04:24 PM
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  • Hi everyone....good news to share. It's been 5 weeks and my daughter is feeling great! Her spirits are up and she is a lot happier now than she was when originally diagnosed with OSD. She has been practicing the R.I.C.E technique.....taking supplements for her ligaments (Osteo Bi-Flex)........wearing her knee brace faithfully and only doing mild leg stretches at softball practice. Sure she missed the first 5 games of the season, but she is playing again. She has slowly implemented light running into her work out and is only feeling about 10% of the initial pain. I believe the rest between this school season and rec ball will allow her to completely recover and if not then at least we know how to handle it in the future. Honestly, the time she sat out of the game teary eyed and anxiety ridden was worth seeing her without the pain level and back enjoying the game she so loves.........Girls Fastpitch Softball!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the feedback.~if your child choses to play once diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter.......please do them a favor and insist they wear a knee brace (just covering the knee)........ice for 10 mins after every practice & game..........use a physician recommended ligament supplement and REST the knee(s) every chance they get. It works!
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    • October 18, 2007
    • 09:26 PM
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  • My daughter plays competitive soccer has for 3 years. We found out she has Os good Slaughters. The x-ray was unbelievable. They recomemmed she stay off the sports for months. This is not possible. We live and breathe soccer. Im afraid she could injure it worse. We have the knee bands, ice, & motrin down. Is there anything else we can do? She is only 11. Im worried she will hurt it worse. Plus I just found out there are 5 girls out of 14 on her team that have this condition. The coaches dont think its a big deal. I didnt either until I read some of the reponses. ANy advice is would be helpful. I heard Joint supplements would be good? ANy comment on that. She already takes motrin every 4 hours for pain. Thanks
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  • im 17 and i was diagnosed with it a few years back but ive have another problem that my doc cant figure out, theres a large knot on the top of my tibia and it feels like a bone but it doesnt show up on mri's and x-rays, and its olny in my left knee.i've taken a break from sport on my lower body but it still hurt constanlyIve had this exact same thing and it was in my left knee, it has gone now, after about 3 months or so, at the time the doctor thought it was just some fluid of some kind. It did not show up on the Xray. My guess would be that i did to much bending my knees collapsed heard i bad sounding noise and then some fluid was trapped in my knee.
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  • Will continued sports participation worsten my 12 year old son's Osgood-Slaughter disease or is it more just managing the pain for him?im 13 and i jst found out that i have got osgood's diease. i love playing basketball and it is my life. i tried using one knee brace but it didnt really work. i think it was cuz it was anygood but what should i do no w?
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  • I have osgood schlatter's, and I'm 14 years old. Strangely enough, I felt relieved when I heard I've been diagnosed with osgood schlatter's, because I thought I had arthritis or something. Anyways, my knees are great...they still have the little bump, I didn't use ice or knee strap things, and I continued sports, except not as intensely. I can kneel, squat, and sprint and stuff. Keep optimistic.
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    • August 20, 2009
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  • Hi i am 16 when i was 10 my pony kicked my patella totally out of place but some how no ligaments were affected just my tendons, i thought nothing of it. untill a few weeks later my knee would buckle and collapse from beneeth me with every fall it hurt more and more. So i went to the DR and they diagnosed me with patella tendonitus and they said not to ride anymore but i did and with out me noticeing i was doing more and more damage. Anyway last year i dislocated my knee and low and behold its came back now every time i exercise i get a inflamed and red knee and can hardly wait bare on it after it. Afew days ago i went jogging with a friend and my knee buckled twice and i again thought nothing of it and went power walking again and then the gym and now i am in excruciating pain. prior to this 3 weeks ago i was dagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter desaese.
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  • Will continued sports participation worsten my 12 year old son's Osgood-Slaughter disease or is it more just managing the pain for him? know I'm late responding but I wanted to share my case of Osgood.I am female and was diagnosed with this at about age 12. A male classmate was diagnosed at about the same time. My physician told me to continue in sports - his told him NOT to continue. He got over it completely. I continued in sports throughout high school and college. I am 45 now and my knee still has the swelling and can get sore. It's not disabling but it isn't attractive and it is tender at times.
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    • August 23, 2010
    • 08:47 PM
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  • i am 12 years old and i suffer from the disease. I had pain in my knee for awile but i thought i had just bashed it but the pain got worse and it hurt when i kneeled and when i played sports and also when i sit down my knees make a cracking sort of noise. I went to the doctors and the said it would eventually get better. The pain was getting worse at this point so we went to the doctors again and said just rest it for a while. As time went by the pain was slowly easing away but then one day it really hurt and i could barely sit down.hope this helps if this is your same probolem (:
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    • January 1, 2011
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