scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Personal Fitness MB and Osgood-Schlatter
Mon Nov 29 1999 - 15:41:03 CST
A little background information from my experience with
Osgood Schlatter, FWIW.
We've been there, done that with Osgood Schlatter disease.
It generally occurs in adolescent boys when they start their
Real simplistically, their tendons do not stretch and grow
as fast as the rest of them during growth spurt periods and
the result can be Osgood Schlatter's disease.
Osgood Schlatter's is, in general, not permanently disabling
and usually goes away by itself.
The treatment, if it's serious enough to require treatment,
is usually an anti-inflammatory drug such as Naproxen and
(yes, you guessed it) exercise, particularly stretching
So, there is a basis in fact for the term "growing pains."
On a serious note, persistent pain and cramping should be
taken seriously; in our case, we were referred to an
orthopedist who set up an exercise regimen for our son with
his phys.ed. teacher and the athletic trainer at school. The
discomfort after athletic activities gradually went away
until the problem had pretty much disappeared by his Senior
year of High School.
I'm not, of course a medical professional so standard
disclaimers apply and after all, this is the Internet so you
should verify what you read here and take responsibility for
determining the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of the information