Physical Therapy Doctor - March 2019

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A NEW HOPE FOR OSGOOD- SCHLATTER DISEASE Trusted Professionals Getting You the Treatment You Deserve A teenager’s struggle to cope with their changing body is just one of the unfortunate growing pains of life — literally. Between puberty and their ever-changing emotions, it can be easy to misdiagnose a real-life condition as something most teenagers normally experience. This is one of the inherent problems with Osgood-Schlatter disease. This painful condition can be caused by overexertion in teens, as their bodies grow more rapidly than any other age group. It is most commonly seen as an aggravating growth in the knee area that occurs near the front of the upper shin bone where it connects to the kneecap itself. Luckily, with treatment from a physical therapy specialist, it can be easily addressed to get your loved one back on the track to success. Unfortunately, before a proper diagnosis is given, it can be easy to think that something much less sinister is occurring. The symptoms normally associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease include pain that grows worse with exercise, loss of knee motion, a bony growth at the top of the shin, discomfort during mundane activities, and a loss of strength in the quadriceps — all of which could be misconstrued as symptoms of soreness or injuries related to athletic activities. Diagnosis is performed through a series of tests, including looking at the patient’s lifestyle and medical history and performing scans like MRIs or X-rays. That’s when your physical therapist can truly begin to work their magic. Alongside a specialized treatment plan put in place by your PT, sufferers of Osgood-Schlatter can expect to return to full form after treatment is complete. Physical therapy can contribute to your recovery with range of motion therapy, strength training, pain management, functional training, manual therapy, and a higher level of education about your condition. In most cases, this is all it takes to get you comfortable with your daily life again and looking forward to the activities you most enjoy. No matter how much pain or discomfort you’re experiencing, a conversation with the trusted professionals at The Physical Therapy Doctor is sure to put your mind and body at ease.

Recipe of the Month:

Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


A delicious and healthy take on the classic Levantine spread, this hummus will brighten up your March Madness snack spread.


1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

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1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup ricotta cheese

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1/4 teaspoon ground coriander Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish

1 garlic clove, grated


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil-lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes. 3. While beet is roasting, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth. 4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve.

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