Osgood-Schlatters Disease

Treatment for Osgood-Schlatters Disease

Illustration of knee pain.For those who are just interested in the nitty gritty:

If your child has been diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatters Disease (OSD), I can teach you a very easy way to treat your child that takes just 2 minutes a day. There is a nearly 100% probability that your child will recover relatively quickly: an average of 20 days (instead of an average of 21 months using standard treatment). The longest recovery a child needed in the study cited below was 50 days.

Cost is $99 for first-time clients (regularly $110, save 10%), for a one-time appointment that gives you everything you need. (Please schedule a 60 minute appointment.)

For those who want to know more, read on…

About the Condition

Osgood-Schlatters Disease (OSD) is among the most common overuse conditions affecting children during their secondary growth spurts, generally around ages 10-16. This condition is not an actual disease, rather it’s a syndrome that commonly occurs in active children who engage in running and jumping sports, such as soccer, basketball and martial arts.

OSD is described as pain occurring just below the knee, where the quadriceps (front thigh muscles) attaches. OSD is thought to occur when the affected child is experiencing growth spurts, where bones are growing faster than their adjacent muscles. The muscle tension is aggravated by activities such as sports, causing strains or partial tears at the attachment points of the muscles.

According to scientific literature, average recovery from OSD — using traditional methods (RICE or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) — takes 21 months. During that time the child misses sporting opportunities, which can be very discouraging to the child. If the condition isn’t properly healed, problems and discomfort can last into adulthood.

The good news is that there is a proven treatment that can reduce that healing time to an average of just 20 days! Hard to believe? Read on…

Outstanding Study Results

Developed by Jenny Strickland — a leading physical therapist at the 2012 London Olympics — a study using her protocol had a 100% success rate of curing 50 patients. To wit:

“Results: All patients achieved a full wall squat in an average of 20 days (±12) with a maximum of 50. The improvement in wall slide was significant to 98% (p<0.02) for each recording. Upon full wall slide, patients were discharged and returned to their sporting activities as normal, with no reported further problems. At various follow-up dates (1-5 years) only 2 patients reported recurrence but they had not followed the recommended advice on stretching.”

The study paper was presented at the European College of Sports Science Annual Congress in 2008.[1]


Following the protocol, here are the steps I use:

  • I administer a starting squat test (wall slide) to your child;
  • demonstrate the massage protocol for you;
  • help you practice the protocol on your child, giving you pointers;
  • run a follow-up squat test, measuring how much deeper your child can go (usually several inches);
  • demonstrate the primary stretch your child will do when s/he achieves a complete pain-free squat;
  • send you home with the entire printed protocol, including additional suggested follow-up exercises

… and you’d have me to call if you have questions or need additional follow-up.

Please schedule a 60 minute appointment. This is usually a one-time deal, follow up appointments are almost never required.

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1. Strickland, J., Coleman, N., Brunswic, M. & Kocken, R. (2008). Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease: An Active Approach Using Massage and Stretching. European Congress of Sports Science Conference, appendix 1, pp. 78–82.

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