Problems with the Growing Bones in Children

The developing bones in kids are vulnerable to injury in the event that far too much strain gets placed on them too quickly and the bones are not provided adequate time to adjust to those loads. Generally at the ends of each bone are cartilage growing areas that growth happens at. It is this much softer cartilage zones that is liable to damage. Conditions with these cartilage tend to be more frequent in those which are a lot more active or are heavier. Many of these problems improve by themselves once development in the bone is finished and that cartilage growth plate area merges with the rest of the bone.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease:

This is the growth plate damage in front and top of the tibia bone just below the knee cap. It occurs in the location where the tendon from the patella inserts to the leg bone. The attachment of the tendon may become inflamed, sensitive and a smaller hard swelling might show up. It is usually really unpleasant on physical activity and especially if going up the stairways. The treating of Osgood-Schlatter Disease is commonly using a lowering of exercise to within pain levels and the use of ice following physical activity to help with the discomfort. Stretching along with strengthening exercises are frequently used.

Severs Disease:

This is an injury to the cartilage zones at the rear of the calcaneus bone which is more appropriately named calcaneal apophysitis. The symptoms of Severs is soreness at the back and sides of the heel bone, especially if you squeeze the heel bone from the sides. In most cases it is much more sore after physical activity. The most effective method to take care of Severs disease is usually to reduce exercise amounts down to a tolerable levels, and use ice just after physical activity.

Kohlers Disease:

This is a injury to the developing navicular bone in the foot with the pain being typically felt on the top of the arch of the foot, just ahead of the ankle joint. This frequently occurs in younger children. A characteristic sign of Kohler’s Disease is the fact that on x-ray the bone is quite narrow. Kohlers is more serious in comparison to the other types of growth plate injuries and might have long term implications, so these are generally put into a walking brace to support the foot.