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    Queens Road, Harrogate, HG2 OHF
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  • Adolescent Knee Injuries

    Children and young people are just as susceptible to the knee injuries
    that affect us all. But some conditions are confined to adolescence.

    Knee pain in adolescence is relatively common. It can vary from
    simple knee sprains (seen in all athletes) to major knee injuries.
    You can find information on many of these on our other
    sports injury pages.

    There are, however, some conditions associated with
    sporting activities that are particularly common in adolescence.
    These may be due to simple muscle imbalance during the rapid
    growth phases (11-14yrs – girls, 12-15yrs – boys) and usually settle
    with physiotherapy rehabilitation.

    Osgood-Schlatter disease

    This common condition affects mostly sporty adolescents during the ‘growth spurt’ years. It occurs over the bony prominence at the front just below the knee and feels worse with activities. Rest helps settle the symptoms but continuing with sporting activities does not appear to cause more problems other than possibly prolonging the symptoms. It usually settles over a period of 1-2 years. Similar pain at the lower tip of the knee cap (Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease) follows the same course.

    Read more about Osgood-Schlatter Disease

    Knee Cap Pain

    Problems with pain or tracking of the knee cap are extremely common, particularly in adolescent girls. Occasionally the problems with ‘tracking’ are so bad that the knee cap dislocates. Talk to Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s specialists and we will typically recommend rest and immobilisation, followed by physiotherapy. If rehabilitation doesn’t solve the problem or if the knee cap pain reoccurs, your knee consultant may recommend surgical treatment.

    Find more about knee cap problems

    Joint Surface Problems (OCD)

    Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) is an uncommon condition that affects the joint surface of the knee. It is thought to be due to a temporary problem with the blood supply to a part of the bone, leading to separation of a portion of bone and joint surface. Often these heal by themselves but occasionally they can completely loosen and break off within the knee.

    OCD causes pain and swelling at first but both can settle, which can make diagnosis difficult. Sometimes our knee doctors can identify the condition on an x-ray but usually MRI is required. Our orthopaedic specialists usually recommend rest and protection of the joint surface as the initial treatment. We prefer to reserve surgery for those instances which fail to settle, are more advanced, or if a fragment loosens or locks the knee.

    Read more about OCD and other joint surface problems

    Book Your Orthopaedic Appointment

    If your child has suffered a sports knee injury, contact Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s orthopaedic specialists now.