Osgood-Schlatter disease is a developmental disorder that causes musculoskeletal problems and is rare in the normal population. However, the condition is more common in teenagers who play sport, affecting an estimated three to five percent of this population; it causes painful inflammation below the knee in adolescents and can lead to permanent soft tissue damage. The condition is often diagnosed by MRI, which is both costly and impractical for screening purposes.
Dr. Ralf Doyscher, from the Department of Sports Medicine at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, recently participated in a project investigating elite youth soccer players, which included looking at point-of-care (POC) ultrasound as an alternative approach to diagnosing Osgood-Schlatter disease. He explained: “The sports medicine team at the Charité was asked to perform a general health check on elite young soccer players enroled in a regional support programmeme, and we took the opportunity to simultaneously study the potential of POC ultrasound as a screening tool to identify players who might be suffering from Osgood-Schlatter.”
“We screened almost 400 players between 12 and 14 years old, and identified six youths with pathologies indicative of Osgood-Schlatter, all of which were later confirmed by MRI. Although this is only an initial study, the findings indicate that ultrasound is well suited to screening for Osgood-Schlatter disease. Robust POC ultrasound systems, such as the FUJIFILM SonoSite Edge® system used for this study, offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to MRI for screening activities, and I believe this approach could benefit young players in a number of other running sports.”
POCUS and Sports Medicine Applications
Learn how onoSite’s point-of-care ultrasound and needle visualisation technology can help provide on-the-spot answers in the office, on the field, or nearly anywhere sports injuries occur on our Sports Medicine Specialty page. Or check out how our video on how Dr. Dirk Tenner worked with Team Radio Shack with a SonoSite portable ultrasound machine.