STANDARD TRADITIONAL TREATMENT IS TO TREAT THE SYMPTOMS, REST AND WAIT UNTIL PAIN SETTLES
- Sometimes advice to play along with Osgood Schlatters Disease pain to tolerance levels
- Some temporary relief from Ice and anti-inflammatory medication
- Rest helps but usually temporary relief only
- Stretching makes it worse
- Braces/ straps may help but are painful to wear
- High recurrence rate
- Long recovery time –average 21 months
- No scientific study as to efficacy of traditional treatment
- Multiple visits to health professionals usually required
‘THE STRICKLAND PROTOCOL’ IS A SUCCESSFUL ALTERNATIVE OSGOOD SCHLATTERS DISEASE TREATMENT – OVER 95% PROVEN CURE RATE
- The Strickland Protocol treatment targets the cause not just the symptoms
- No pain IS gain
- Short recovery time – cured in an average 3 weeks
- No drugs, medication, braces or additional expenditure
- Self-help routine – we teach you how to treat Osgood Schlatters Disease yourself
- Individual help via email throughout
- Pilot clinical trial presented at European College of Sports Science Conference 2008
- Ongoing development and research
- Successful in the treatment of other apophysitis conditions
OSGOOD SCHLATTERS DISEASE TREATMENT OPTIONS IN MORE DETAIL:
The standard advice that is generally offered to parents and their children is to modify their activity levels and wait to grow out of it. Additional symptomatic treatment is sometimes suggested and this may take the form of cryotherapy (ice application), medication (pain killers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) and possibly braces. None of these has any clinical evidence of efficacy for the treatment of Osgood Schlatters Disease but is based purely on relief of the individual symptoms. Nor do these approaches deal with the cause.In the past children have even been cast in plaster to allow the tendon to heal, but whilst this may reduce the initial pain the problem can recur when they return to their sport – leading to further frustration.Braces may reduce the loading on the tendon but are sometimes painful to wear if they increase the direct pressure on the apophysis.
Stretching and strengthening exercises are often included in the standard advice offered by therapists and doctors but could actually increase the traction pulling forces on the tendon, thus exacerbating the problem.
The natural history of this approach to management of the symptoms means that the patient will limp along and try to put up with the pain whilst modifying their sporting activities to suit. This may not in some circumstances be possible with elite athletes under intense pressure to train and perform or their selection may be affected. These talented athletes in particular cannot afford to ‘wait to grow out of it’.
“Trying to put up with pain and training through it also leads to further microscopic damage which increases the severity of the problem leading to larger deformity of the tibial tubercle (shown above) with concomitant complications of bony ossicles and splinters remain some of these may need surgery to remove them.”
A new approach by Chartered Physiotherapist Jenny Strickland has had outstanding success in the active treatment of Osgood Schlatter’s disease, and the other apophysitis conditions such as Sever’s Disease. Parents can be taught how to administer her regime called ‘The Strickland Protocol’ and apply it themselves at home. It requires no drugs or medication or braces. It is based on her research and clinical practice over 12 years and a paper was presented on her initial approach at the European College of Sports Science Annual Congress in 2008. The results showed a 95% success rate in returning patients to their sport pain free in an average of 3 weeks. This approach addresses some of the probable causes of Osgood Schlatters disease and thus the symptoms resolve automatically. This can also be validated by checking Wikipedia : Osgood Schlatters Disease whereby the protocol is referenced under “treatment” section. The clinical trials abstracts can also be view on this website.
Clinical trial for Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
Clinical trial for Sever’s Disease
There are no other treatment studies that have been published or validated to date.