Anterior Knee Pain including Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior Knee Pain (Patellofemoral Pain, Patella Tendinopathy or Osgood Schlatter’s Disease) is characterised as pain at the front of the knee from insidious origin that gradually builds up over time. At Burleigh and Broadbeach Physio Centres it is the one of the most common knee complaints we see.

  • Patellofemoral Pain is more specifically dysfunction and overload of the joint between the patella and the femur, which is very often associated with a sharp increase in activity eg. Running.
  • Patella Tendinopathy is a bit more specific with is pain distribution, with pain being just below the knee cap and aggravated most commonly by jumping sports.
  • Osgood Schlatter’s Disease on the other hand has a more targeted demographic being teenagers that participate in a lot of sport and have just had a growth spurt. This bone growth around the knee region becomes too much for the associated soft tissues, which creates added pressure on the tibial plateau which is located at the front of the knee just below the knee cap.

Currently the best available evidence supports the use of manual therapy (joint mobilisation, massage, dry needling), taping, stretching and orthotics for some short term pain relief and gluteal, hamstring and quadriceps strengthening for longer term benefits.

So that doesn’t mean pushing through intense pain to complete your squats to fix your knee pain! There is a structured progressive approach that will be more successful in progressing you from crippling knee pain back to the activities that you love to do!

Here is the latest consensus statement in regards to anterior knee pain that was conducted last year on the Gold Coast.




Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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