Osgood-Schlatter disease, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, is inflammation of the patellar tendon, where it attaches at the shin bone. This condition occurs most frequently in adolescents involved in sports that include jumping and running. Treatment may include rest, measures to reduce inflammation and bracing for support and compression.
A wrap, such as an ace bandage, may be used to provide compression to your knee. This is most effective post-activity, providing pressure and swelling reduction, which will help to alleviate your pain symptoms. To allow for even compression and easy application, begin with a rolled wrap. Begin wrapping below the knee, and finish above the knee. Secure the ends of the wrap with the provided clips or with athletic tape. The wrap may also be used to secure ice to the knee when indicated.
Knee sleeves come in a variety of materials and styles. Neoprene is a thick stretchy material that creates good compression. Drytex is lighter and is a more breathable material, which may increase your comfort in warm climates. You may get a pull on or wrap around sleeve, as well as a sleeve with or without a hole for your kneecap. Knee sleeves also vary in length, with long and short versions. Determining which sleeve is best for you can be confusing. Your physician or trainer may help in this process.
The knee strap is another type of brace that can be used for Osgood-Schlatter disease. The placement of the band is between your knee cap and the tibial tubercle, which is the bump on the front of your lower leg. The band creates a pressure over the tendon, decreasing the stress and pull on the tibial tubercle. This pressure also creates a specific compression to the tendon, which helps to eliminate inflammation and pain. The knee strap is made by a variety of companies, with a variety of names, each with the same basic premise. A make-shift band can be somewhat beneficial in emergencies by wrapping pre-wrap below the knee several times, and then rolling it to create a strap.
If your doctor recommends a knee brace for you, it may be covered by your insurance. Specific coverage and benefits questions may be answered by your insurance company. The proper term when requesting coverage for items such as braces is durable medical equipment (DME). If you have coverage, you must have a prescription and obtain the brace at a participating provider, which can also be given to you by your insurance company.