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Osgood Schlatters

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DeiseGirl66 Sun 02-Nov-14 15:37:08

The family 'curse' strikes again! My DH developed Osgood Schlatters on both knees when he was in his early teens. He was a good footballer and runner at the time and it stopped him from achieving his potential. His knees have bothered him ever since. A few years ago, my DD developed the same condition at the age of 12 after a year on the school cheer-leading team. She had to leave the team and only exercises intermittently now. Now my 13 year old DS is experiencing the same symptoms. For him, this is devastating news as he is a very talented rugby player, footballer and middle-distance runner. Sport is his 'thing', to the exclusion of almost all other interests. Has anyone got any advice on managing this condition while still enabling him to participate in the wide range of sports that he enjoys and excels at?

OrangeyTulips Sun 02-Nov-14 15:58:41

I know Andre Agassi had this condition when he was a teen.

OrangeyTulips Sun 02-Nov-14 16:01:32

I think he had it on and off during his career but did not require surgery.

NK346f2849X127d8bca260 Sun 02-Nov-14 17:48:57

My son (13) was diagnosed with this in March, it got so bad that he could hardly climb stairs.
My ds is a very keen cyclist/ mountain biker and was disappointed as cycling aggravated the condition. Now several months later it has really settled down and he is back to doing all sports.

mausmaus Sun 02-Nov-14 17:54:05

my brother had it following a growth spurt.
had both legs in plaster ankle to hip for a couple of months.
didn't need an operation an recovered fully after 6 months of rest.
he runs a couple of marathons a year now and is a keen triathlete..

AppleYumYum Sun 02-Nov-14 18:04:55

I have this in both knees, am now in my mid 30s. At the time I was very sporty and good at gymnastics etc and had to stop everything for a few years. I remember walking and my knees just giving out on me quite often. They were very achy and I couldn't kneel. I still have the big bony bumps on each knee, which are not attractive but fine now. In my teens if I'd accidentally knocked one on that bony bit I would cry with the pain. After a few years I was fine, could run and jump without any problems, back to playing multiple sports. I suppose with school sport though you miss the boat when you're out for a few years.

Anyway, just to say it fades in time and doesn't have to mean no sport in the future.

Are there any new treatments or theories these days, I'll have to have a look...

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