Sports injury already!

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Sports injury already!
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 8:35pm
Rachel loves to play catcher on her softball team, and she's really good at it. Her knee started hurting a couple of weeks ago, and is a bit swollen. She's had a week off due to weather, and the knee was still swollen, so I took her to the doc. It basically hurts when she goes up and down stairs, and when she touches it. It hurts more often, like when she walks, if she's been very active, so rest was helping. Icing and advil didn't seem to be doing much.

Turns out she has a condition I also had as a kid. It's fairly common, but has a weird name, "Osgood Schlatter's Disease". It's a repetitive use injury that occurs during growth spurts, so it's common in 8-12 yo female athletes, and somewhat older male athletes. I was never an athlete ;-) It's an inflammation where the tendon around the knee attaches to the shin bone (not the exact medical terms ;-) Anyway, she can't catch for the rest of the season :-(, but the doc did say she could continue to play with a knee brace. She is to wear the knee brace as long as she feels she needs the support, which right now she does. She can take gym (I didn't when I had flare-ups). She is to take advil regularly for 7-10 days, and the main thing is to rest it - not easy for an active kid! I'm actually glad we're supposed to have a cool, rainy holiday weekend! She won't do permanent damage by being active; it will just take longer for this "episode" to clear up. In the future, she needs to stretch her hamstrings and strengthen her quads before playing sports. I'm afraid catching may be out (although I"ll let her try again next year), because deep knee bends are the worst!

We were upset we weren't able to get Rachel onto a summer basketball team, but now it turns out that's for the best, since she's supposed to rest the knee for 6-8 weeks. Basketball is also not good because of the jumping.

Oy! That's our sports update. Not serious, just disappointing.

Anyone else dealing with anything like this? A friend of mine said a lot of girls in her dd's leagues wear knee braces. (Her dd is a bit older.)

Janet

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 7:04am
Poor thing! I hope it heals quickly for her. I ran track and was a cheerleader and have had more sports injuries than I can remember lol. Rest is the VERY best thing for things like that. And an athlete, no matter what sport or activity they do should ALWAYS stretch first.

Another thing we did during basketball cheerleading season(when we were doing all the stunts, etc) was to rub Icy Hot on our tender spots. It warms the muscles up and helps them stretch and relax.

Sherri

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 6:24am
How frustrating! Poor thing, hopefully she'll at least be more comfortable in the days ahead. And, at least you know what it is. The good news is that there are other positions she CAN play ... although I know kids that really LIKE to catch (DS is one of them!) and when you're that involved in the game, in each play, it's sort of hard to move to a less-active position. No advice, sorry! Just wanted to let you know that I'll say a prayer for a speedy recovery and I'll be hoping that this isn't as limiting to her as it is right now.

Nancy

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 12:27am
I had that when I was younger also. I had forgotten the name of it until I read your post. I grew a bunch in 6th and 7th and the principal noticed I was limping and called my mom and asked about it. No one else had even noticed it, not even me! I wore knee braces for several years especially when participating in sports. They basically told me that my bones grew too fast for everything else. Hope she's better soon. I still occasionally have some problems with mine but not often. I also have crumbled cartilage under my knee caps so that doesn't help!

Dawn