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Osgood-Schlatter disease

Treating Osgood-Schlatter disease with homoeopathy

The Osgood-Schlatter disease is an overuse injury that occurs in the knee area of growing adolescents. It mainly affects athletes who are involved in activities such as volleyball, basketball or football. More specifically , it is an irritation of the patellar tendon at the tibial tuberosity. It is caused by repeated physical training that leads to micro trauma to the cartilage tissue. Complications of the disease can result in painful and persistent disability.

Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease

An individual who suffers from Osgood-Schlatter disease starts by limping after a training session. Then, the pain spreads to the front of the knee and to the patella. Indeed, the subject feels pain at the level of the patellar tendon insertion. The pain may be unilateral or bilateral and the patient lacks flexibility when performing knee movements. It intensifies until it becomes permanent, even affecting the subjects when they are at rest. Palpation can reveal the existence of a swollen and painful area. As the disease evolves, the fragmentation of the tibial tuberosity and the calcification of the patella ligament inevitably occur.

Homoeopathic remedies

To alleviate large and painful protuberances, it is recommended to take Rhus Tox. One can also opt for a treatment with the remedy Hekla Lava 4 CH, to be taken 5 days per week. In this case, the affected person needs to take 2 granules of the remedy three times per day over the course of several months. It is also possible to resort to a treatment that combines several different remedies, in which case they will need to be taken alternately and the treatment will need to be followed for 5 days per week. Thus, during the first month, it is necessary to take two granules of Hekla Lava 4 CH three times a day, followed by three daily intakes of 2-granule doses of Calcarea Phosphorica 4 CH during the second month. Treatment with Arnica 9 CH also produces good results. The posology consists of a weekly dose for the course of treatment, which should last 3 months.

When should you consult a doctor?

Medical consultation is essential from the onset of symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease, which include persistent pain in the knee accompanied by redness and swelling in the joints. In order to avoid complications, it is also necessary to seek medical attention if the pain is not relieved by rest. In case of complications, it is sometimes required to resort to orthopaedic surgery once the patient reaches adulthood.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “Osgood-Schlatter disease”

Associated treatments

•    Angustera Vera
•    Calcarea Fluorica
•    Calcarea Phosphorica
•    Fluoricum Acidum
•    Hekla Lava

Good to know: Calcarea phosphorica also helps to relieve trauma resulting from Osgood-Schlatter disease. Indeed, this tricalcium phosphate-based remedy is effective for treating this condition’s symptoms. As for chronic pain, it is recommended to use remedies in 30-CH dilutions for an in-depth treatment.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.