Athletically active children between the ages of 10 and 16 often suffer from pain just below the knee joint.
This is often a case of excessive strain. Thus, pain occurs on the part of the tibia near the knee.
In this area, the patellar tendon attaches to the lower leg. A growth plate (apophysis) is also located at this angle between tendon and bone.
Typical symptoms include pressure pain and increased pain when the knee is stretched against resistance. Frequently, the complaints are seen in the context of a growth spurt or as a sign of muscular imbalances or are only a consequence of poorly stretched muscles.
Localized reduced blood flow in the area of the tendon insertion is also assumed to be causative for the clinical picture.
Sports abstinence, rest and relieving strain usually only improve the symptoms temporarily, until sports can be resumed. The complaints subside when growth is complete.
Shockwave therapy is aimed at healing inflammation, improving blood circulation and regenerating the tissue.
Together with consistently performed stretching exercises, healing can be achieved. However, it is also necessary to relieve strain on the knee for up to 6 weeks, as an accompanying measure.