Osgood Schlatter – Kinesiology tape

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Osgood Schlatter can be treated with kinesiology taping. Osgood Schlatter is an inflammation of the growth plate at the top of the shinbone. A growth plate is a layer of cartilage near the end of the bone. This plate is present during growth on the tibial tuberosity. With Osgood Schlatter, pain occurs just below the knee at the attachment of the thigh muscle to the shin bone. This place is irritated, overloaded and a bulge is palpable. The pain is particularly noticeable during or after an activity such as sports. This complaint often occurs with children (boys) between the ages of 9 and 16 who grow very quickly.

Osgood Schlatter is an unpleasant condition in which it is often advised to rest and to avoid long and intensive sports (running, jumping, sprinting, and cycling). It is a persistent injury that can last from a few months to 2 years.

What are the symptoms of Osgood Schlatter?

  • A painful bulge in the front, just below the knee.
  • Complaints worsen during and after exercise.
  • Osgood Schlatter can occur on one knee as well as on both knees at the same time.
  • The knee may be swollen.

How to tape Osgood Schlatter?

Within kinesiology taping, there is a taping application that can be applied by a therapist for the treatment of Osgood Schlatter. By taping the knee, you might be able to continue exercising and cycling. Kinesiology taping with CureTape® kinesiology tape might provide pain relief, drainage, and a faster recovery.

  1. Cut a 5cm strip of tape in half lengthwise.
  2. Cut this tape into 4 I-strips of 2,5cm or use CureTape® kinesiology tape 2,5cm.
  3. Have the patient sit on the treatment couch with bent knees.
  4. Then apply a cross to the painful area according to the ligament technique. Make sure that no stretch is used on the anchors.

Instruction Video: how to use kinesiology tape for Osgood Schlatter

Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.

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